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 There's a very strong common denominator between Hawthorn's first back-to-back premiership sides of 1988-89 and the Hawks of 2013-14, and it’s a key to what has made this proud club such a...
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn is a club with enormous pride. Now it's also a club with two lots of back-to-back flags among its dozen premierships. And those two points are inextricably woven.
Rohan Connolly As Sydney and Hawthorn meet in Saturday’s grand final, there’s, as usual, a premiership cup on offer to reward nearly 12 months of hard work.
Rohan Connolly Sydney and Hawthorn: the elite, the core group and the bottom six
Rohan Connolly The big names will have their say, but the premiership may be decided by how much the Hawks and Swans can get from their less-heralded players.
Rohan Connolly The Swans and Hawks have already set the grand final bar high.
Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, noon Monday.
Rohan Connolly Saturday's grand final is obviously the most important game of the season. But you wonder if down the track, Port Adelaide's comeback victory over Fremantle in last week's semi-final might not rank...
Rohan Connolly The game's most fundamental skill will probably determine the winner of the AFL grand final.
Rohan Connolly For a fourth year in a row Hawthorn endured a nail-biting preliminary final decided by less than a kick, fortunately the scoreline now 3-1.
Rohan Connolly A proud Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley lauded the efforts of his young side which came so close to a grand final berth on Saturday night, but also warned that the Power would need to keep improving...
Rohan Connolly Cream rises to the top as the season’s best two clubs face off in the grand final.
Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide charged through a gap against Fremantle. Now it knows what it feels to be like on the opposite side.
Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide goes into Saturday night's preliminary final against Hawthorn at the MCG not having met the Hawks there since the low point in its AFL history three years ago. Much has changed.
Rohan Connolly When Sydney plays North Melbourne in Friday night's preliminary final, memories of a much darker chapter in the Swans' history will be revived.
Rohan Connolly Whichever players end up being announced this year's All Australians on Tuesday evening, no one will be able to argue there has not been a significant changing of the guard.
Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly.
Rohan Connolly Recent finals history has been turned on its head. And now Port Adelaide and North Melbourne go into their preliminary finals with plenty of momentum.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn might have won an abundance of premierships in the modern era, but there’s little doubt a back-to-back triumph in 2014 would be as satisfying as any of the previous wins.
Rohan Connolly The last time Sydney and North Melbourne clashed in September produced one of the more forgettable finals in recent AFL history. We can expect a lot more this time around.