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.
Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has made an impassioned plea to the AFL to consider carefully the consequences of its tinkering with the rules of the game after Friday night's first taste of a cap...
Rohan Connolly Congestion in football is an issue, but the game should be allowed to find its own solutions.
Rohan Connolly Kevin Sheedy's heir has been struck by the ''energy'' coming out of the Giants' camp.
Rohan Connolly Whatever happens in today's Hawthorn-Adelaide preliminary final, it's a game that has already created history of sorts.
Rohan Connolly While it won't be a blowout, Hawthorn's superior skills and potent attack should deliver the flag.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn has the fundamentals in place to win the flag.
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 Since the early 1960s, Hawthorn have gone from a laughing stock to a powerhouse.
Rohan Connolly The Cats have won their past eight clashes against the flag fancies.
Rohan Connolly Alastair Clarkson has emerged from the past couple of days with more honour than some of those baying for blood.
Rohan Connolly We're approaching the business end of the season, and while we'd like to concentrate on the footy and the final eight, there are a few too many off-field distractions.
Rohan Connolly Before yesterday it still somehow felt like Hawthorn had some sort of question to answer.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn's time is now. And that's more than just conjecture. The demographics of the 2012 AFL lists confirm it. The Hawks have the necessary artillery to land this year's premiership.
Rohan Connolly NAB Cup can turn up some even more profound results on an individual level.
Rohan Connolly The two biggest stories of the weekend games emerged from the same match.