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 Richmond has lost key defender Alex Rance to injury but restored feisty small forward Jake King to its line-up for the clash with nemesis Carlton.
Rohan Connolly Despite a new coach, Carlton isn't any better, writes Rohan Connolly.
Rohan Connolly Carlton has a long way to go to match the work ethic and competitiveness of teams like Fremantle, according to Mick Malthouse.
Rohan Connolly Fremantle wins games of football like a seasoned arm-wrestler does his stuff.
Rohan Connolly Disappointed coach says Dockers did everything the Blues had failed to do.
Rohan Connolly Nick Duigan is respected by his teammates - that's why he's in the leadership group.
Rohan Connolly Mick Malthouse taking over at Carlton was always going to be one of the best stories of 2013.
Rohan Connolly Despite the tipping, the Bombers ended up doing a number on the Blues.
Rohan Connolly Carlton goes down to Essendon in one of those results that confounds all logic and form.
Rohan Connolly We're only a month into the new season, but there's already one thing standing out.
Rohan Connolly Great football teams have something going for them other than superstars.
Rohan Connolly Three weeks ago, this column outlined the reliability of the 'round seven rule', and came up with a final ladder.
Rohan Connolly Carlton's stocks look particularly healthy despite poor pre-season results.
Rohan Connolly Surely victory over an old enemy on Friday night would be definitive proof that the Blues have arrived.