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 It's a familiar tale for Hawthorn as it slumps to a 10th straight loss to Gelong.
Rohan Connolly Hawks go into the new season needing to make a sizeable statement.
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 Hawthorn has the fundamentals in place to win the flag.
The Connolly Report
Rohan Connolly You can analyse, theorise and pore over all the science you like in football, but sometimes the explanations are nothing more complex than some missed chances.
Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly wraps up the final weekend of the AFL season for 2012.
Rohan Connolly Magpies assistant coach Robert Harvey says team took confidence out of last week's win.
Rohan Connolly They've had a good year, but the Crows don't have enough in their arsenal to beat Hawthorn.
Rohan Connolly There can't be a genuine fan of AFL who isn't salivating over the prospect of another epic between Hawthorn and Geelong at the MCG tonight, whatever their club allegiance.
Rohan Connolly The Cats have won their past eight clashes against the flag fancies.
Rohan Connolly Before yesterday it still somehow felt like Hawthorn had some sort of question to answer.
Rohan Connolly The pieces of the flag jigsaw are coming together for Hawthorn.
Rohan Connolly Hawthorn's time is now. And that's more than just conjecture. The demographics of the 2012 AFL lists confirm it. The Hawks have the necessary artillery to land this year's premiership.
Rohan Connolly It says enough about how much AFL football has broadened its horizons over the past couple of decades that today we get our first 'Tasmanian derby' without the competition having actually ever...
Rohan Connolly There's scarcely a week of any AFL season that goes by without some sort of umpiring controversy.
Rohan Connolly No one would have blamed Sydney champion for a bad game given the week he had endured.
Rohan Connolly St Kilda fans aside, not many wouldn't have felt at least a little warm and fuzzy about the Bulldogs' win.
Rohan Connolly Each AFL season throws up its new bits of jargon. 'Patchy football' is rapidly becoming the phrase of the moment.
Rohan Connolly Have we really sung Lions champion Simon Black's praises loudly enough?
Rohan Connolly Giants' key forward Jeremy Cameron is emerging as a star.