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 Essendon has dealt with plenty of uncertainty off the field. But there's plenty to be sorted out for the Bombers on it as well.
Rohan Connolly It took just over a half of the opening game of the season for the first rules controversy.
Rohan Connolly St Kilda has regularly found itself short of sufficient height and strength in recent times.
Rohan Connolly This was a complete performance from Gold Coast, leading from start to finish.
Rohan Connolly Dons could face final insult if they hold their points.
Rohan Connolly Simply, with a few exceptions, Essendon's players lack passion and fight.
Rohan Connolly There can't have been a Pies supporter who wasn't having the worst case of deja vu imaginable with two minutes left to play yesterday.
Rohan Connolly Ten minutes effectively decided Essendon's win over the Brisbane Lions.
Rohan Connolly Essendon has now positioned itself as a very serious contender for the top four.
Rohan Connolly Champagne football. It's a throwaway line often used as much with irony as a straight face.
Rohan Connolly They had it won, lost it, and won it back again. That was Essendon's 19-point win over Richmond in a nutshell.
Rohan Connolly Sydney's thrilling four-point win over Essendon last night threw up all sorts of bizarre numbers. The bottom line, though, was that once again these two teams served up a blinder.