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 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 Essendon has a right to fight the stripping of its premiership points for this season. Perversely, though, there's another potential disaster looming if, in fact, the Bombers hang on to them.
Rohan Connolly Gary Ablett seems to raise the bar just a little higher each time he plays.
Rohan Connolly Two passages of play a couple of minutes apart said all that needed to be said about Melbourne and Essendon.
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 Cale Hooker has come a long way since chasing Lance Franklin around the MCG in 2010.
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 The 10 most significant games of Kevin Sheedy's 1000-game playing and coaching career in the VFL and AFL.
Rohan Connolly Missed it by that much will be the popular reaction to Essendon's nail-biting loss in Adelaide.
Rohan Connolly Simply, with a few exceptions, Essendon's players lack passion and fight.
Rohan Connolly Essendon and North Melbourne don't boast one of the AFL's highest-profile rivalries.
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 Carlton goes down to Essendon in one of those results that confounds all logic and form.
Rohan Connolly There can't have been a Pies supporter who wasn't having the worst case of deja vu imaginable with two minutes left to play yesterday.
Rohan Connolly Ten minutes effectively decided Essendon's win over the Brisbane Lions.
Rohan Connolly Champagne football. It's a throwaway line often used as much with irony as a straight face.
Rohan Connolly They had it won, lost it, and won it back again. That was Essendon's 19-point win over Richmond in a nutshell.
Rohan Connolly There has been, and will be far, far better games of football this season than Melbourne's six-point win over Essendon last night.