Now when it comes to the Big One, we live in interesting times.
Until this time last year, footy wisdom held that the premiership was a contest in four (or three actually – nobody has won it from fourth since the present McIntyre final eight system began operating in 2000). But the Bulldogs’ triumph from seventh place was heaven-sent for the AFL, instantly doubling the premiership prospects.
Did the pre-finals bye introduced last season make such a feat possible? The sample size is small, but perhaps indeed it did.
We put all eight finalists under the microscope and our analysts NICK DAL SANTO and TERRY WALLACE have the final say on each club's premiership hopes.
What is featured this month…
DUST OFF THE SILVERWARE!
Is Richmond’s dynamo Dustin Martin the Brownlow Medal certainty that the betting markets suggest? He’s presently posted as $1.20 favourite with most bookmakers.
At the start of this season we asked our match reporters to try to read the umpires’ minds and submit their 3-2-1 votes with a view to acing our Brownlow Medal preview.
Our eight-page liftout gives you the lowdown on all the contenders.
BUSTING SOME FINALS MYTHS
You can win a premiership without the greatest talent, but you cannot win without belief. Nathan Burke goes about busting some finals myths.
Heath Grundy is the silent achiever of the star-studded Swans. The long-time full back is the cornerstone of the Sydney defence. He details his life inside and outside of footy.
THE CLUB THAT WOULDN'T DIE
Frankston Dolphins are back, and their supporters are overjoyed with the news. PAUL AMY takes a look at the club that wouldn’t die.
PUTTING SMILES ON DIALS
Community radio’s football coverage has been entertaining and informing listeners for the better part of a generation. ROSS COUZENS takes a look at the work of some of grassroots footy's broadcasters.
VFL | Boyse will be Boyse
An Essendon up-and-comer is taking a lead from the career trajectory of his old man.
NEAFL | Keras bulks up his CV
Southport midfielder surprised even himself with his consistency as he set new records.
SANFL | Sturt at the double
Its list intact at last, the reigning premier has built some awesome September momentum.
WAFL | Leapin’ Liam sets Lions alight
Subiaco to set yet another freakish talent on the path to AFL glory.
THE LOCAL WHITEBOARD
We highlight the newsmakers, upset specials, milestone men and games to watch in metro and country football in September.
ONE MONTH AT A TIME
Draft notes, Rising Star rankings, our team of 2017 and the ratings leaders. We take a look at all aspects of the game.
We reveal some of the whispers around the corridors of power at AFLHQ and in club land. There is a bit happening as always!
All this and more in the September issue of Inside Football magazine.
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