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 No one was quite sure pre-game how Saturday night's clash would pan out.
Rohan Connolly Richmond coach says team will embrace first appearance in finals series for 12 years.
Rohan Connolly St Kilda has regularly found itself short of sufficient height and strength in recent times.
Rohan Connolly Already, 2013 is looking likely to be a premiership won by depth as much as class.
Rohan Connolly Few players have featured in as important a moment in just their fourth AFL game as did Essendon's David Zaharakis in 2009.
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 AFL life after 30 is looking good for Nathan Lovett-Murray, even if he continues to get more attention for his life off the football field.
Rohan Connolly Simply, with a few exceptions, Essendon's players lack passion and fight.
Rohan Connolly Determination to prove critics wrong will be key focus of Essendon's 2012 campaign.
Rohan Connolly Only a brave pundit would have predicted result would be known only after final siren.
Rohan Connolly In the end, you had to call it a decent win by Essendon, getting home by 25 points after looking set to be overrun midway through the final term with only one fit player left on the bench, and Port...
Rohan Connolly Depth is a vital component of any aspiring finalist's make-up and it will be particularly handy for Essendon this week.
Rohan Connolly Essendon has now positioned itself as a very serious contender for the top four.