The halfway point of the season! It's a large edition of the Notebook to mark the milestone, with a number of topics covered.
After the first player progress report a few weeks ago proved to be popular, and given the requests for individuals since, it's now going to become a monthly thing for the rest of the season.
How Daniel Rich found so much space is on the agenda, along with what Sydney's win over Richmond means and a few mini-thoughts about Melbourne, Geelong and West Coast.
Halfway through FootyMania, there's plenty to take in as we approach the home stretch building towards finals.
This week on From The Notebook: Collingwood using 'the front of stoppages', Fremantle v St Kilda from both teams' perspectives, and explaining Sydney's tactics.
Welcome to what will ideally become a Monday night routine for the remainder of the season.
With the cavalry returning – unleashing Jordan De Goey and Jaidyn Stephenson in the first final is almost unfair – things are rounding into form at just the right time for Collingwood.
There are so many areas to highlight, but perhaps the best way to start is with a quote from Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.
An unintentional side effect of success is how it shifts expectations. Sometimes they’re right to be shifted. Other times...
Games at the MCG always feel like a bigger occasion compared to ones at other venues, and that’s before you add any stakes.