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 Gary Ablett seems to raise the bar just a little higher each time he plays.
Rohan Connolly We review a year of on-field glory and off-field ignominy, and look forward to next season.
Rohan Connolly Since the early 1960s, Hawthorn have gone from a laughing stock to a powerhouse.
Rohan Connolly MERV Neagle played 147 games for Essendon over nine seasons, a fair innings yet not enough to put him among the all-time greats of the club in terms of service or status.
Rohan Connolly For many Essendon fans of a middle age, Merv Neagle - who died yesterday - will always occupy a special place in their hearts and memories.
Rohan Connolly MANY factors can kill an AFL coaching stint. At Carlton, for Brett Ratten, who'll take charge of the Blues for the final time against St Kilda on Sunday, it's been the convergence of several.
Rohan Connolly When over-sensitivity is the order of the day, a sledgehammer is the best tool to crack a walnut.
Rohan Connolly When the brothers Selwood collided at Subiaco, the byplay which followed attracted more amusement than any concern
Rohan Connolly To Victorians, the story of Barry Cable, the 24th and latest official Legend of the Australian Football Hall of Fame, is one told in three distinct chapters, each several years apart.
Rohan Connolly Dane Swan's prowess as an AFL player seemed to sneak up on much of the football world.
Rohan Connolly One of the most memorable stories about Jim Stynes stems from his very first experience of Australian football.
Rohan Connolly Gary Ablett's leadership is set to reach new heights as he aims to drive Gold Coast forward.
Rohan Connolly Life in the middle reaches of the AFL ladder can be a frustrating and unfulfilling business.
Rohan Connolly AFL clubs are struggling to absorb a hefty and unexpected increase in costs imposed on them from league headquarters shortly before the season began.
Rohan Connolly Brett Stanton is arguably best placed to play second game within five days.
Rohan Connolly The 2006 elimination final was a great night for the Demons.
Rohan Connolly Some players are afforded more critical largesse than others.