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 Each AFL season throws up its new bits of jargon. 'Patchy football' is rapidly becoming the phrase of the moment.
Rohan Connolly North Melbourne's 54-point win over Bulldogs a pleasant reversal of fortune.
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 Tom Hawkins ready to throw his considerable weight behind Cats' 2013 campaign.
Rohan Connolly Young North Melbourne defender Shaun Atley appeared for the Roos in both contests.
Rohan Connolly The Kangaroos couldn't broker a trade deal for former Port Adelaide draftee Ben Jacobs.
Rohan Connolly If one accepts that teams which did well this year should have a tough 2013, you’d have to be fairly satisfied with AFL draw.
Rohan Connolly On the back of reaching the finals this year - and with a third altitude training camp under their belts - the Kangaroos are looking forward to 2013.
Rohan Connolly It is pretty easy to jump off the bandwagon of a qualifying final loser. Easy and almost always wrong.
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 They have different styles, but today's North-Fremantle match will be a compelling battle.
Rohan Connolly Round 10 doesn't seem all that long ago, the first weekend of a winter that still has plenty of chill left.
Rohan Connolly After a thumping by Hawthorn, North Melbourne has improved by leaps and bounds.
Rohan Connolly Three rounds to go and three teams too many. That's the scenario entering round 21, with 11 teams still hoping to play in the finals.
Rohan Connolly North Melbourne continues its run of form, defeating Collingwood by 30 points.
Rohan Connolly The 10 most significant games of Kevin Sheedy's 1000-game playing and coaching career in the VFL and AFL.
Rohan Connolly North Melbourne supporters are used to having their faith tested on several levels.
Rohan Connolly The AFL has long overlooked Hobart, but the city will play host to arguably the most significant game of round 15, Saturday's clash between North Melbourne and West Coast.
Rohan Connolly Kangaroos coach Brad Scott has a simple philosophy for when the going gets tough: just do your job.
Rohan Connolly A skill error here, a poor decision there and the nightmare was played out again.