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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.

Gary Ayres celebrates after the 1989 grand final.

Greatest finals heroes: No.5 Gary Ayres

Fairfax experts have picked their greatest AFL finals heroes of the past 50 years. Gary Ayres was so good in finals they named an award after him.

Constant tease: Cats small forward Steven Motlop has decent currency as a potential trade.

Cats close to the mark

Geelong's preliminary final loss to Sydney was hugely disappointing, but shouldn’t be allowed to overshadow a season of positives.

Grand finalist: Tom Liberatore leaves the field after the Bulldogs preliminary final win over GWS.

Sydney v Western Bulldogs grand final preview

Saturday's grand final will be Sydney's third in the past five seasons and their fifth in the past 12 seasons, surpassing Geelong's four grand finals over the same period, and equal with Hawthorn.

Scott Selwood

The Cats who can help get the cream

Geelong need a lot more than just stellar performances from Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood in midfield if they are to win through to their first grand final in five years.