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 Port Adelaide is rapidly turning into the feel-good story of 2013.
Rohan Connolly Rarely have so many been in the hunt for the major prize.
Rohan Connolly Seldom if ever will an AFL club have been as relieved to see the start of a season as Essendon when the Bombers kick off 2013 against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Friday night.
Rohan Connolly Seldom if ever will an AFL club have been as relieved to see the start of a season as Essendon.
Rohan Connolly The jury is still out on whether quality or quantity is the key to victory.
Rohan Connolly It is pretty easy to jump off the bandwagon of a qualifying final loser. Easy and almost always wrong.
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 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 Collingwood has to win tonight to avoid being overtaken by West Coast.
Rohan Connolly A battle within a battle looms this week for the teams in the top eight.
Rohan Connolly North Melbourne has played to its peak when the pressure to perform was at its greatest.
Rohan Connolly You won't find too many Melbourne pundits giving West Coast much of a flag chance.
Rohan Connolly It stands to reason that a mid-year All-Australian team would feature a few unlikely names.
Rohan Connolly With another debutant team and so many new coaches, we're in for a turbulent season in 2012.
Rohan Connolly Champagne football. It's a throwaway line often used as much with irony as a straight face.