They gathered in their thousands in the rosy morning light. Children in their best clothes, teenagers in sneakers. Women in headscarves or burqas and men, their prayer mats facing Mecca to mark the end of Ramadan.
Sydney turned on the charm on Monday night with one hell of a sunset.
Travis Cloke says Collingwood's on-field leaders need to take a stronger stance but has warned the Magpies' detractors not to "wipe us off" as the club fights to make the finals.
The Essendon board meeting that ratified coach Mark Thompson’s ownership of the team for the remainder of the season also debated whether James Hird should return at all as senior coach for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Bankrupt Melbourne art dealer Peter Gant said an irate client, Robert Ojeda, had arrived at his business premises "with his henchmen and a big gun" to demand the return of $250,000 which he had paid Mr Gant for a Russell Drysdale painting in 1988 or 1989.
Melbourne boss Peter Jackson admits the club could move away from its coaching succession plan come Paul Roos' departure at the end of 2016.
Jacob Saulwick and Ben Grubb
Paul Roos needed the lure of a succession plan for him to accept the Melbourne coaching role late last season.
What is Ty Vickery's✓ right whack? This is now a question for the AFL tribunal when it sits on Tuesday.