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 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.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn have played some outstanding football for a good four years straight now. But is this the best this generation of Hawks have ever played?
Rohan Connolly Sydney won enough key statistical indicators against Hawthorn, but were smashed on the scoreboard. Clearly, the Swans have some significant structural issues.
Rohan Connolly Already missing their second-highest goalkicker Jamie Elliott, Collingwood were going to need everything going right to have a chance against West Coast on Saturday night.
Rohan Connolly Adam Simpson's West Coast sit second on the ladder with an 11-3 record. But the sceptics still need some convincing of the club's premiership credentials. And so does the coach.
Rohan Connolly Support among AFL coaches for more radical solutions to reduce congestion and the spiralling number of stoppages is building, with many not convinced further limitations on interchange rotations will...
Rohan Connolly The AFL Match Review Panel on Monday had clearly its most difficult meeting of the season with a number of contentious incidents involving high-profile players.
Rohan Connolly The AFL may have to seriously consider the implementation of set zones for players on the ground as stoppage numbers reach unprecedented heights and scoring is at an all-time low.