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 Can a side as proven as the Pies really be dismissed as a flag chance?
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 Already, 2013 is looking likely to be a premiership won by depth as much as class.
Rohan Connolly It took just over a half of the opening game of the season for the first rules controversy.
Rohan Connolly Collingwood can, and has, played a lot better quality football than it did last night, and will certainly need to if it is to have any chance of winning the premiership.
Rohan Connolly In the end, you had to wonder whether Collingwood won last night's game against St Kilda, or rather, failed to lose it.
The Connolly Report
Rohan Connolly Andrew Krakouer's return promises to give the Magpies a lift.
Rohan Connolly North Melbourne continues its run of form, defeating Collingwood by 30 points.
Rohan Connolly This much-touted heavyweight bout was over before it had barely begun.
Rohan Connolly It could be fourth time lucky for Chris Tarrant come the grand final.
Rohan Connolly Secret formula AFL's latest weapon in battle against perceptions of ''tanking''.
Rohan Connolly With another debutant team and so many new coaches, we're in for a turbulent season in 2012.
Rohan Connolly A lot of hard work goes into Scott Pendlebury making football look easy.
Rohan Connolly Seven minutes. Six inside 50s. Five goals. That's pretty much all you needed to know about Collingwood's 21-point win over Richmond at the MCG last night.
Rohan Connolly There's something about the opening salvos of an AFL season that has both the pundits and public alike elbowing each other out of the way, desperate to make the definitive and dramatic call.
Rohan Connolly Despite the tipping, the Bombers ended up doing a number on the Blues.