Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly

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.

Inside St Kilda's coaching box: where the other real action takes place

Rohan Connolly An AFL coaching box is a veritable pressure cooker, the advice, the messages, the flow of statistical information all coming at a million miles an hour.

The last word with Rohan Connolly from round 13 of the AFL season

James Hird.

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly has his say on the AFL weekend that was. Join the conversation from midday on Monday.

Time for James Hird and Essendon to face hard facts

James Hird

Rohan Connolly It's time for Essendon to make some tough decisions about their future now, not at the end of another wasted season.

Essendon stalwart Kevin Egan a tale of a backroom Bomber

Kevin Egan, former Essendon player, football manager and director is being inducted into the  club's Hall of fame on Saturday night. Photographed on the beach with his dog Lola.

Rohan Connolly Kevin Egan's five-decade long connection with Essendon will be honoured when he is inducted into the club's Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Collingwood hope passage of time eases pain against Fremantle

Rohan Connolly It's been a long time since Collingwood faced up to Fremantle. And for the Magpies, it's not a particularly fond memory, either.

Carlton coach John Barker claims Ken Hinkley radio interview helped Blues win

Carlton interim coach John Barker.

Rohan Connolly Carlton interim coach John Barker claims a pre-game interview by his coaching rival Ken Hinkley helped the Blues plan their surprise victory over Port Adelaide at the MCG last Saturday.

The last word with Rohan Connolly from round 12 of the AFL season

Troy Menzel celebrates a goal.

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly has his say on the AFL weekend that was. Join the conversation from midday on Monday.

Comments 1

AFL season 2015: Not so smooth at the top, not so rough at the bottom

Rare feeling: Dylan Buckley, Patrick Cripps and Nick Graham singing after the round 12 win.

Rohan Connolly "Nothing is ever as good as it seems and nothing is ever as bad," Leigh Matthews has famously said about most things in football. The AFL legend is spot-on about that at the moment.

Bryce Gibbs' sling tackle on Robbie Gray may force AFL to act

Rohan Connolly Bryce Gibbs' controversial sling tackle on Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray is likely to bring to a head calls for the AFL to come down harder on players who forcefully throw to the ground players whose...

Carlton edge Port Adelaide to end losing streak

Lachie Henderson kicked three for the Blues.

Rohan Connolly On afternoons like Saturday, the Blues' horizon doesn't look so bleak after all.

Tide turns for Richmond's 'villain' Ty Vickery

Ty Vickery

Rohan Connolly A controversial incident with local hero Dean Cox has him top of West Coast fans' hate lists, but Richmond's Ty Vickery might also give them plenty to worry about from a football perspective on...

AFL mid-season All-Australian team a model of consistency in year of uncertainty

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Season 2015 has been an up-and-down affair for clubs and players alike. But in a year of uncertainty, the very best performers have still stood out.

Comments 48

AFL 2015: The season's half gone, here's what you may have forgotten

The Magpie formula is coming together nicely under Nathan Buckley.

Rohan Connolly We're halfway through the 2015 AFL season. Here's the highs, lows, the dids and didn'ts, wills and won'ts of the footy year so far.

Comments 8

The last word with Rohan Connolly from round 11 of the AFL season

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: Brent Harvey and Robin Nahas of the Kangaroos look dejected after losing the round nine AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly has his say on the AFL weekend that was. Join the conversation from midday on Monday.

Comments 2

North Melbourne and Port Adelaide are premiership pretenders

Port Adelaide players leave the field after losing to Geelong.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide and North Melbourne were top four last year. This season, both might be struggling to even reach the eight. And as for flags, forget it.

Sydney Swans down North Melbourne by 16 points

Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos and Lance Franklin of the Swans wrestle during Saturday's match.

Rohan Connolly Sydney have continued their strong start to the AFL season with an impressive 16-point win over North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

Collingwood v GWS: The fight for finals legitimacy

Dane Swan is brought down in a tackle against the Giants last year.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood and GWS are playing for fourth spot on the AFL ladder on Sunday, but both still have a bit more work to do to convince the sceptics of their finals credentials.

How does footy mend its broken heart?

Collingwood fan 'Joffa'.

Rohan Connolly The AFL is trying to win back a disgruntled fan base. It could do a lot worse in its efforts to do that by having a read of a new book by Collingwood tragic "Joffa" Corfe.

Chris Judd retires: recalling a legend

Chris Judd with the 2006 premiership cup.

Rohan Connolly You always remember the first time you clapped eyes on a player who had something special, whether it's on a big occasion or in a time and place at the other end of the football spectrum.

The Last Word with Rohan Connolly for round 10 of the AFL season

Chris Judd.

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly has his say on the AFL weekend that was.

Comments 28