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 It's tempting to start spouting ‘‘end of an era'' talk about Sydney.
Rohan Connolly Fremantle and North Melbourne created much debate with their wholesale resting of players for the final home and away round.
Rohan Connolly The name Adam Goodes has come to represent many important things over the last few years, a symbol of indigenous pride, and of a people who refuse to be marginalised or patronised any...
Rohan Connolly Saturday's preliminary final will pit a team that finished only two points off top spot on the ladder against one that finished the regular season eighth.
Rohan Connolly It's not often, if ever, you'd find a team which finished on top of the ladder, has had a week off and is hosting a preliminary final go into that game an underdog.
Rohan Connolly History hasn't been kind to teams that miss a week off during an AFL finals series. But there's still plenty of hope for those sides contesting this week's semi-finals.
Rohan Connolly Knockout semis, playoffs for a spot in a grand final ... league football has seen various kinds of semi-finals. From a selection spanning over 100 years, here's the best 10 of them.
Rohan Connolly Adelaide defender Brodie Smith won't be an All-Australian this season as he was in 2014. But where the Crows are heading this September is an experience he wouldn't trade for personal honours.
Rohan Connolly Western Australia emerges from the first weekend of finals with its chest puffed out.
Rohan Connolly There will always plenty of "what ifs" that accompany a narrow finals defeat. The Western Bulldogs will be pondering plenty of them over the next few days.
Rohan Connolly Has there been a better game this year? Probably not. How about with a season on the line? Surely not.
Rohan Connolly Todd Goldstein may not be your stereotypical macho AFL footballer. But that doesn't mean he's not as hard as nails. And this year, in a superb season for North Melbourne, he's proved it.
Rohan Connolly Injuries and playing away make this a tough game for the Swans, but they have a history of performing well against-the-odds in finals.
Rohan Connolly Qualifying and elimination finals have only been part of the September make-up since 1972. But there's been a long line of classics. Here's the 10 best.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn are yet to rule out injured wingman Isaac Smith from Friday night's qualifying final against West Coast despite scans confirming he has damaged a medial ligament.
Rohan Connolly Which is the greatest grand final of all time? During the finals series, we're undertaking the considerable task, with your help, of working it out.
Rohan Connolly But for those without a vested or emotional interest, the first week of finals is as good as football gets
Rohan Connolly The first week of an AFL finals series is always a highlight of the football year. And in 2015, it looms as even more appetising than usual.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge is free to play in the club's qualifying final against West Coast after being fined $5000 by the Hawks' leadership group for drink-driving.
Rohan Connolly Winning wasn't the only mission for Hawthorn against Carlton on Saturday. The Hawks, like every other finalist, wanted enough of a hit-out to stay in tune, without too many bumps and bruises.