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 Collingwood is now in serious danger of missing finals action for the first time since 2005.
Rohan Connolly At the start of this season, Essendon tried hard to have the focus turned away from its involvement in the ASADA saga and towards its football.
Rohan Connolly One moment summed up this miserable night for Richmond better than any other.
Rohan Connolly and Daniel Cherny Essendon rushes Courtenay Dempsey back into its line-up for Anzac Day blockbuster after a month-long club-imposed suspension.
Rohan Connolly July, August and September is increasingly proving Essendon's biggest problem.
Rohan Connolly Dons could face final insult if they hold their points.
Rohan Connolly Fair to say there hasn't been a lot of fun about football in 2013.
Rohan Connolly Missed it by that much will be the popular reaction to Essendon's nail-biting loss in Adelaide.
Rohan Connolly There's always something on the line when Essendon takes on Carlton.
Rohan Connolly It goes without saying that you can't please everyone when picking an All-Australian team, but generally you'll find reasonable consensus about at least 75 per cent of those selected.
Rohan Connolly Brendon Goddard is proving a godsend for Essendon's midfield, and its leadership.
Rohan Connolly The jury is still out on whether quality or quantity is the key to victory.
Rohan Connolly Two passages of play a couple of minutes apart said all that needed to be said about Melbourne and Essendon.
Rohan Connolly St Kilda has regularly found itself short of sufficient height and strength in recent times.
Rohan Connolly Bombers held sway in general play and on the scoreboard the entire afternoon, but that didn't necessarily make their eventual 46-point win a comfortable exercise until the final 10 minutes.
Rohan Connolly Two statistics best sum up Brisbane's stunning 10-point upset of Essendon.
Rohan Connolly The notable rivalries between different pairs of AFL clubs have their own characteristics. Carlton and Essendon's remains one of the most intense.
Rohan Connolly ESSENDON coach James Hird was asked on radio this week about the importance of the lesser lights to a team's continued improvement.
Rohan Connolly Essendon coach James Hird, interviewed on SEN the other day, was asked a question about the importance of the lesser lights to a team's continued improvement.
Rohan Connolly It's no great secret Essendon needs to bolster both the quality and depth of its midfield.