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.
Rohan Connolly Geelong have clawed their way back into finals contention and a potential piece of history on the back of some less spectacular but very efficient defensive football.
Rohan Connolly Fremantle could end up with one of the better home and away records recent AFL football has seen. But the Dockers in flag terms are still fighting for favouritism.
Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs are the AFL's great story of 2015. But as they move into the top four, it increasingly appears to be a story with plenty of substance beyond novelty value.
Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide's season of unfulfilled expectations finally fell apart at the seams against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, earning the Power a stinging rebuke from coach Ken...
Rohan Connolly It's been a disappointing year for Port Adelaide, but the Power's best is still pretty good, and less than 15 minutes into this clash, not a single fan of the home team wouldn't have been feeling...
Rohan Connolly You have to be consistent to have a shot at success in the AFL. And over the past 12 months or so, only one team in the competition has been any more consistent than Richmond.
Rohan Connolly A bit of previously unseen footage was the "smoking gun" which led to the suspension of Geelong's Steve Johnson when Fairfax Media was given rare access into the weekly deliberations on the AFL's...
Rohan Connolly Perhaps the weekend's show of support for Adam Goodes from the football world is a moment which may frame the debate less in terms of ideology and more in terms of decency.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn may be sentenced to a final Perth should it lose to West Coast this week. But this week's road trip to the same destination could prove a very useful learning aid for the Hawks.
Rohan Connolly Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has conceded a lack of reward for effort has begun to take its toll as the Magpies face a second consecutive September on the sidelines
Rohan Connolly Melbourne have dealt Collingwood's finals hopes a blow with a hard-fought 37-point win at the MCG.
Rohan Connolly Richmond have managed to upset Hawthorn on a couple of occasions in recent times. Not that it's easy to remember given how infrequently they seem to play each other.
Rohan Connolly As the Western Bulldogs creep into contention for a top-four berth, it's their remarkable evenness of talent across the list which is becoming a very handy weapon indeed.
Rohan Connolly There's been much debate about the attractiveness of AFL football lately. But the game might have a bigger obstacle in its path. And it's one over which the league has precious little control.
Rohan Connolly There seemed to be a bit more angst than usual (which is saying something) about umpiring over the weekend, with a series of contentious free kicks over a number of games dissected at length by...
Rohan Connolly As debate about the state of the game continues, perhaps it's time we began to demand as much courage from our coaches as we do of our players.
Rohan Connolly At three-quarter time on Saturday night, Paddy Ryder's return to an old stamping ground to take on his old side was one he probably preferred to put behind him.
Rohan Connolly The delicate balance between football's live and television audiences has been underlined by figures showing that, while AFL crowds in Melbourne are up marginally on last season, TV audiences for...
Rohan Connolly It's been more than 30 years since league football was last played at the Junction Oval. But the game itself has maintained a presence at the ground and in the hearts of many football fans.
Rohan Connolly The worrying signs for AFL football just keep coming. If it's not the way the game looks, it's how many people are turning up to watch it in the once heartland of the code.