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 Defence wins premierships has become a favourite mantra of modern-day football. But it's a simplistic cliche that tells only half the story.
Rohan Connolly Contrasting coaching philosophies meet head on in Geelong as defensive Fremantle attempts to counter the attacking Cats.
Rohan Connolly Travis Varcoe has been at the centre of many of Geelong's high points in this golden era for the Cats.
Rohan Connolly The Cats have won their past eight clashes against the flag fancies.
Rohan Connolly Geelong ruckman Nathan Vardy will play his first game of AFL football for more than a year when he returns to the Cats' line-up for tomorrow's crucial final-round match against Sydney.
Rohan Connolly The Cats are a genuine hope to pull off the impossible - win a flag from outside the top four.
Rohan Connolly If anyone can win the flag from sixth place, then Geelong can.
Rohan Connolly The scoreline at quarter-time looked as expected. But the teams were the wrong way round.
Rohan Connolly Choosing a team of top grand final performers since 1989 is no easy task.
Rohan Connolly Perhaps the most definitive comment on the long-running Melbourne tanking saga mercifully brought to a close this week came not with the announcement of penalties and the welter of analysis which...
Rohan Connolly Tom Hawkins' fine 2012 has earned him a leadership role.
Rohan Connolly Rivals and pundits may think otherwise, but the Cats expect to be involved at the pointy end of the season for several years.