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 If a week is a long time in football, three months might as well be a lifetime - more than enough for the most sweeping of statements to be forgotten.
Rohan Connolly As Lance Franklin continues to feel his way with his new club, his former line coach Adam Simpson has lent his support to the way the superstar spearhead goes about his work.
Rohan Connolly The Swans and Hawks have already set the grand final bar high.
Rohan Connolly The game's most fundamental skill will probably determine the winner of the AFL grand final.
Rohan Connolly Cream rises to the top as the season’s best two clubs face off in the grand final.
Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide goes into Saturday night's preliminary final against Hawthorn at the MCG not having met the Hawks there since the low point in its AFL history three years ago. Much has changed.
Rohan Connolly Recent finals history has been turned on its head. And now Port Adelaide and North Melbourne go into their preliminary finals with plenty of momentum.
Rohan Connolly Fremantle's Nat Fyfe and Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak are two of the best players in the AFL. But never more so than when they're playing against the best teams in the competition.
Rohan Connolly The last time Sydney and North Melbourne clashed in September produced one of the more forgettable finals in recent AFL history. We can expect a lot more this time around.
Rohan Connolly Richmond's climb up the ladder from 3-10 has not only created football history, but set the Tigers up for further success, regardless of what happens next week.
Rohan Connolly A tougher, angrier Geelong powerhouse Tom Hawkins is in top form, and ready to intimidate his opponents this finals series.
Rohan Connolly The contenders are dropping like flies, but this year's Brownlow Medal could still provide a remarkable winner.
Rohan Connolly Little has changed in Sydney's world since it last played Richmond. But for the Tigers, who haven't lost a game since, it's a lifetime.
Rohan Connolly It goes without saying Hawthorn is the most successful club of football’s last 50 years, 10 of its 11 premierships won since 1971, a strike rate of one flag every 4.
Rohan Connolly For most of this season, integral to any discussion about Essendon’s finals prospects has been the debate about the use of key position players Jake Carlisle and Michael Hurley.
Rohan Connolly Sydney could hardly be better-placed for a tilt at a third premiership in 10 seasons than it is right now.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn’s sizeable contingent of fans in Melbourne weren’t overly pleased when their club announced in 2001 it would start playing some home games in Launceston.
Rohan Connolly For most of this year, any discussion about Collingwood's capacity to challenge for the premiership has gone hand-in-hand with the debate about the form of Travis Cloke.
Rohan Connolly While debate may continue in 2014 about the state of the game and the AFL's handling of the competition, one thing becoming increasingly clear is that the top of the ladder is as competitive as it...
Rohan Connolly After a six-year wait, Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden will finally make his AFL debut in Launceston on Saturday against West Coast.