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 were echoes of Geelong's massive preliminary final fright against Collingwood five years ago in Hawthorn's near disaster against a gallant Adelaide at the same stage of the season on Saturday...
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn has the fundamentals in place to win the flag.
Rohan Connolly When Sydney steps on to the grand final stage on Saturday, it still won't be seen as anything like an AFL heavyweight. But perhaps now it should.
Rohan Connolly While it won't be a blowout, Hawthorn's superior skills and potent attack should deliver the flag.
Rohan Connolly Deja vu can never have felt as chilling for any Hawthorn supporter than during the final quarter last night. It was happening again.
Rohan Connolly Whatever happens in today's Hawthorn-Adelaide preliminary final, it's a game that has already created history of sorts.
Rohan Connolly Two weekends ago, some long-standing finals football maxims looked set to be seriously challenged. They weren't.
Rohan Connolly It goes without saying that you can't please everyone when picking an All-Australian team, but generally you'll find reasonable consensus about at least 75 per cent of those selected.
Rohan Connolly Two preliminary finals pitting a Victorian team against a side from over the border. Even a few years ago, that might have had the locals manning the barricades.
Rohan Connolly The Swans could be buoyed by preliminary finals history.
Rohan Connolly They've had a good year, but the Crows don't have enough in their arsenal to beat Hawthorn.
Rohan Connolly Collingwood can, and has, played a lot better quality football than it did last night, and will certainly need to if it is to have any chance of winning the premiership.
Rohan Connolly There's a parallel between Ross Lyon as coach of St Kilda and his efforts at Fremantle.
Rohan Connolly It is pretty easy to jump off the bandwagon of a qualifying final loser. Easy and almost always wrong. It is worth repeating the figures ....
Rohan Connolly It is pretty easy to jump off the bandwagon of a qualifying final loser. Easy and almost always wrong.
Rohan Connolly For Ross Lyon, it's about a job. And for him and his side, it's a job only partially done.
Rohan Connolly The scoreline at quarter-time looked as expected. But the teams were the wrong way round.
Rohan Connolly The visiting Swans will push the Crows early, but Adelaide has the better form.
Rohan Connolly COLLINGWOOD assistant coach Robert Harvey said yesterday the Magpies had taken plenty of confidence out of last week's return to some sort of form against Essendon.
Rohan Connolly Magpies assistant coach Robert Harvey says team took confidence out of last week's win.