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 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 The visiting Swans will push the Crows early, but Adelaide has the better form.
Rohan Connolly The Swans could be buoyed by preliminary finals history.
Rohan Connolly Swans have won kudos for having held on to one of the top two spots on the ladder since June.
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.
Rohan Connolly NAB Cup can turn up some even more profound results on an individual level.
Rohan Connolly With another debutant team and so many new coaches, we're in for a turbulent season in 2012.
Rohan Connolly Why Sydney has taken the step from mere finals prospect to genuine flag contender.