It wasn't quite Leo Barry of the 2005 grand final, but for North Melbourne supporters it wasn't that far off.
 
It takes a special mindset to crash and bash into some of the league's toughest warriors on a weekly basis, but Tom Liberatore offers a simple explanation for his determination.
 
Emerging Western Bulldogs leader Tom Liberatore has revealed matching opponents in pressure acts is a "non-negotiable" for the Dogs this year and says returning to the finals for the first time in five years is a realistic aim.
 

Docker Fyfe suffers minor hamstring strain

Fremantle AFL midfielder Nat Fyfe has suffered a minor hamstring strain during match simulation training.
 
The decision by Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher to represent Australia in last year's International Rules will impact on any suspension the pair may receive as part of the Essendon supplements scandal.
 

Where the AFL has failed to close the gap

Anzac Day this year marks the 20th anniversary of that famed afternoon when Essendon and Collingwood drew and, more significantly, Michael Long drew attention to the formerly festering sore of racial vilification on the field.
 
Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge says Brian Lake will remain the Hawks' first-option full-back despite the recruitment of former Demon James Frawley.
 

Nick Green 'chatted to' over AFL's top job

New Cycling Australia CEO Nick Green has confirmed he was “chatted to” by headhunters about the AFL’s chief executive post but, similar to the interview he attended for a vacancy at Carlton, never thought he was a legitimate contender.
 
North Melbourne will on Monday unveil their leadership group for 2015, but despite his experience and uber-consistency, Todd Goldstein does not expect to be in it.
 
By reference to the Oxford Dictionary, a "sport" is an activity involving physical exertion and skill, where individuals or teams compete against one another for entertainment. Applying the definition is an entirely separate exercise. 
 
It takes a special mindset to crash and bash into some of the league's toughest warriors on a weekly basis, but Tom Liberatore offers a simple explanation for his determination.
 
Emerging Western Bulldogs leader Tom Liberatore has revealed matching opponents in pressure acts is a "non-negotiable" for the Dogs this year and says returning to the finals for the first time in five years is a realistic aim.
 
Linda Dessau's influence upon the game she has fought quietly to reshape can be officially documented from the moment Kevin Sheedy and Peter Jackson almost two decades ago invited her to lunch in a bid to change football's conversation.
 

North Melbourne count cost of brutal session

An intense Friday afternoon of match simulation turned nasty for North Melbourne, with four players leaving the track hurt at Aegis Park.