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Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly, a senior football writer for The Age and radio broadcaster with sports radio station 1116 SEN, has been covering the game since 1983. A multi-AFL Media Association award-winner known for his passion and love of the game, he analyses the AFL for the newspaper and contributes a blog and weekly video, "Footy Fix", for The Age's football website, Real Footy.

Jonathon Patton celebrates a goal.

Giants climb into the top four

North Melbourne courted the prospect of losing to Greater Western Sydney during the week when it announced the end of four much-loved veterans' careers. It might have been seen as defeatist. But in retrospect, it was simply being realistic.

North Melbourne's Brent Harvey at training after being told he won't be offered a contract  next year at Arden Street.

Roos' retirement plan brave or foolish?

Bold or foolish? Only time is going to properly answer the question about the timing of North Melbourne’s decision to announce they would be pulling the pin on four of their five oldest players.

Medical staff attend to the Eagles' Nic Naitanui after he suffered a knee injury in the match against Hawthorn.

Reaction to ruck losses part of the riddle

Just how West Coast and Hawthorn react to the loss of ruckmen Nic Naitanui and Jonathon Ceglar may have a lot to do with determining this year's premier, as well as a perennial football debate.

Slamming goals: Adam Treloar handballs for the Magpies.

Collingwood make the most of Suns' failures

It was 1995 when Robert Walls, his side scheduled to play back-to-back games in Perth, had his Brisbane Bears spend an entire week in the western capital. It failed to work, the Bears losing the first game of the extended road trip by 66 points, and the second by 45.

Travis Cloke gets tackled in the VFL match against the Box Hill Hawks.

Cloke set for recall against Hawks

Overlooked Collingwood veteran Travis Cloke is in line for another senior recall for the Magpies' last game of the season against Hawthorn after an injury to boom forward Darcy Moore.