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 Hawthorn's undersized defence has turned to fringe player Matt Spangher for help as the Hawks prepare to take on Fremantle in Friday night's rematch of last year's grand final at the MCG.
Rohan Connolly Melbourne and St Kilda will bear little resemblance to the line-ups of last season when they clash on Saturday - even their coaches are new.
Rohan Connolly The list of clubs that came close will be truly remarkable when the siren sounds on season 2014.
Rohan Connolly This was the year North Melbourne was supposed to deliver the goods.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn and Essendon don't have a lot in common save a healthy on-field enmity for one another, but there are a few old Bombers who this week might have identified with at least half the Hawks...
Rohan Connolly Before yesterday it still somehow felt like Hawthorn had some sort of question to answer.
Rohan Connolly Alastair Clarkson has emerged from the past couple of days with more honour than some of those baying for blood.
Rohan Connolly During the past few weeks Geelong have had 'we're not done just yet' written all over them.
Rohan Connolly There are plenty of reasons why Hawthorn now seems a premiership standout.
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 Hawthorn has the fundamentals in place to win the flag.
Rohan Connolly Has there been a better grand final? Arguably not. Has there been a gutsier win than Sydney's 10-point triumph over a warm favourite? While we're still smitten in the afterglow of an absolute epic,...
Rohan Connolly We've certainly been spoilt for grand final thrillers over the past decade or so.
Rohan Connolly Rarely have so many been in the hunt for the major prize.
Rohan Connolly Richmond puts on its best performance of the season, hammering Hawthorn at the MCG.
Rohan Connolly With another debutant team and so many new coaches, we're in for a turbulent season in 2012.