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 Coming second isn't something you'd expect to celebrate in AFL football, but it's a different story in the case of Sydney midfielder Dan Hannebery.
Rohan Connolly Rarely have so many been in the hunt for the major prize.
Rohan Connolly While it won't be a blowout, Hawthorn's superior skills and potent attack should deliver the flag.
Rohan Connolly Has there been a better grand final? Arguably not. Has there been a gutsier win than Sydney's 10-point triumph over a warm favourite? While we're still smitten in the afterglow of an absolute epic,...
Rohan Connolly The visiting Swans will push the Crows early, but Adelaide has the better form.
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 The Swans could be buoyed by preliminary finals history.
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 MANY factors can kill an AFL coaching stint. At Carlton, for Brett Ratten, who'll take charge of the Blues for the final time against St Kilda on Sunday, it's been the convergence of several.
Rohan Connolly You won't find too many Melbourne pundits giving West Coast much of a flag chance.
Rohan Connolly It could be fourth time lucky for Chris Tarrant come the grand final.
Rohan Connolly Why Sydney has taken the step from mere finals prospect to genuine flag contender.
Rohan Connolly West Coast will arrive for the match of the round against Essendon with a long injury list.