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 Here's just a few things we have already gleaned from this February's football.
Rohan Connolly Geelong youngster Lincoln McCarthy will play his second game of AFL football against Adelaide on Thursday night, nearly two years after his first for the Cats.
Rohan Connolly For the second year in a row, Collingwood has ended up with the toughest schedule of all AFL teams – even tougher than it appeared when the 2013 fixture was released.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn knew heading into last year's finals series they could use another strong-bodied key defender. But after the preliminary final, it became non-negotiable.
Rohan Connolly Last year Hawthorn got a big scare from Kurt Tippett.
Rohan Connolly James Podsiadly has a bit of a head start on his peers when it comes to any butterflies which might be associated with joining a new club at a more senior age than most recruits.
Rohan Connolly Wounded Geelong weathers Adelaide surge, then runs away to win an entertaining battle.
Rohan Connolly The visiting Swans will push the Crows early, but Adelaide has the better form.
Rohan Connolly They've had a good year, but the Crows don't have enough in their arsenal to beat Hawthorn.
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 Deja vu can never have felt as chilling for any Hawthorn supporter than during the final quarter last night. It was happening again.
Rohan Connolly Kurt Tippett's move has provided an opening at Adelaide, writes Rohan Connolly.
Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.
Rohan Connolly This was just the sort of game that last year, would have had Richmond more than a little anxious. Against an opponent in Adelaide down but capable.
Rohan Connolly With another debutant team and so many new coaches, we're in for a turbulent season in 2012.
Rohan Connolly Things couldn't possibly get any worse for Melbourne this week. So came the popular refrain yesterday after the rapid emergence into and just as rapid decline from the spotlight of the 'charming'...
Rohan Connolly Gary Ablett's leadership is set to reach new heights as he aims to drive Gold Coast forward.