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 The jury is still out on whether quality or quantity is the key to victory.
Rohan Connolly Simply, with a few exceptions, Essendon's players lack passion and fight.
Rohan Connolly Sydney's thrilling four-point win over Essendon last night threw up all sorts of bizarre numbers. The bottom line, though, was that once again these two teams served up a blinder.
The Connolly Report
Rohan Connolly A season as tight as 2012 is likely to come down to measures as fine as a matter of centimetres or seconds. And Essendon knows all about that now.
Rohan Connolly Do coaches make teams or teams make coaches? It's a perennial football question, one at times that is almost impossible to answer, but one worth pondering again after two crucial and surprising...
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.
Rohan Connolly Essendon midfielder Heath Hocking is confident last week's travel fiasco and the cancellation of an important NAB Cup hitout with St Kilda won't leave the Bombers behind the rest of the pack in their...
Rohan Connolly Only a brave pundit would have predicted result would be known only after final siren.
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 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 Essendon has now positioned itself as a very serious contender for the top four.
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.