The big picture: A look back at the past fortnight in AFL and the outlook for the future, with special focus on the Western Bulldogs, Essendon, Hawthorn, Gold Coast and Collingwood.
The weekend: Friday, August 24: Adelaide Oval, AdelaideThe AFL will be taking its final step towards its 2018 season at the Adelaide Oval on Friday night.
The game kicks off at 7:30pm (AEDT) with the AFL Players Association hosting a press conference at Adelaide Oval.
Adelaide Oval is the first AFL venue to host a media day since the start of the season, but this will be the first time the AFL has had a media briefing since the Grand Final.
Adelaide has had two AFL Media Days in the past 12 months, but the first event was on April 29.
There have been several other media days, including the last one on August 8, when the AFL announced the AFLPA and AFL Media had agreed on a deal that will see the AFL take on the National Broadcasters and their media rights holders.
There are several other events planned including a news conference with AFL Players and a press briefing with Essendon CEO John Barker and Head of Communications, Mark Evans.
The AFL has not had a press day since March 27, when it hosted its inaugural media day.
It will be interesting to see if this week’s event has the same impact as the one it had in 2016.
Adelaide is hosting the final three games of the 2017 season and the Dockers have a bye and the Gold Coast have not played since round eight.
The Dogs have had a busy week, with the clash with the Suns on Sunday and the Bombers match against the Bulldogs on Thursday.
It is likely the AFL will also host a news briefing with Hawthorn CEO Josh Mahoney and the AFL’s CEO, Gillon McLachlan.
Melbourne and Essendon will also be at the same venue for their media days on Thursday night.
Essendon’s press conference with former Essendon player Tom Rockliff will be broadcast live on the ABC, with Rocklifes appearance to be streamed live on Essendon.
Melbourne has also confirmed that its players and coaches will be at Adelaide on Friday to watch their team play the Bulldogs.
The players will also have an event on Friday where they will meet their teammates to discuss their training, fitness and the challenges facing the players.
Essendon’s media day will be followed by a press event with Head of Football Peter Schofield.
Esson has had its best news conference of the year with Schofes remarks, while the AFL and AFLPA will be releasing a report on the 2017 AFL season.
Adelaide Oval is currently the AFL headquarters.
It hosted the first-ever AFL Media Day in August 2016 and has hosted three media events in 2017.
The venue is also home to the AFLW, AFL Women and AFL Women’s World Championship matches.
The stadium is also the site of the AFLG, AFLPA, AFL Media Awards and the 2018 AFLWA State of the Game awards.
The AFL has hosted the 2017 All-Star game and will be hosting the 2017 Western Bulldogs premiership match in the Oval on Thursday, August 25.
The Adelaide Oval’s venue for the 2017 West Coast Eagles match against Hawthorn will be announced in the coming days.
WESTERN BULLDOGS The Western Bulldogs have a busy summer ahead with the start the new AFL season on Friday.
They will be in Perth on Friday afternoon and the club will hold an extensive media briefing on the state of the club on Thursday afternoon.
The Western Girls’ National Football League (WNGFL) will also kick off on Friday, but will only be available to attend to the pre-match press conference.
The WNGFL will feature teams from all of the states across Australia, with each state having a minimum of one team competing for one state title.
The first two rounds of the WNGFlop competition will be held in Victoria on Thursday and Saturday and will feature a group stage to determine which team will advance to the finals of the league.
The remaining two rounds will be played at the Winton Oval in South Australia and the final two rounds in New South Wales.
The WNGflop will feature two teams from each state competing for a title, with every state having two teams competing for the title.
There will also only be one final state final to be played in 2017, with four teams from the remaining two states playing for a final title.
While the Western Girls are currently ranked sixth in the AFLWA standings, the AFL won’t reveal their standings until round one of the next season.
The top three teams will then be promoted to the league’s top six, and the other four will be eliminated.
In the last four years, the WGC has gone from being a club with a young team with just five players to having a club that has a squad that has played in the top four five times.