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.

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Dempsey back for Anzac Day clash, but Dons midfield takes a hit

Mark Thompson speaks to Courtenay Dempsey

Rohan Connolly and Daniel Cherny Essendon rushes Courtenay Dempsey back into its line-up for Anzac Day blockbuster after a month-long club-imposed suspension.

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Rise and Shrine: Jackson Merrett gains respect for Anzacs

Words of wisdom: Jackson Merrett chats with former Bombers star and World War II veteran Jack Jones.

Rohan Connolly Last year's Anzac Day clash between Essendon and Collingwood was just the fifth game of AFL football Jackson Merrett had played.

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Rivalry for the ages

Geelong's Corey Enright is congratulated by teammates after kicking a goal.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson believes Geelong is the AFL's pacesetter despite his own club's status as reigning premier after the Cats' 19-point win over Hawthorn on Easter Monday, their 12th...

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Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, at 11am Monday.

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Risk-free football does fans no favours

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Nothing in football is certain, but if empirical evidence is any guide, Monday’s Geelong-Hawthorn clash will be a belter. Let’s hope so. Because the AFL has seldom needed one more.

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Riewoldt on song, but Dons out of tune

On high: Saint Sean Dempster takes a big grab.

Len Johnson and Rohan Connolly Few would have predicted St Kilda to be 3-2 after five rounds.

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Saints turn tide on Bombers

Nick Riewoldt celebrates a goal.

Rohan Connolly Few games this season will undergo as dramatic a transformation as early as did St Kilda's upset 16-point win over Essendon.

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Jay Schulz, Port Adelaide's frequent flyer, thrives on being grounded

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Even as a kid, let alone as an AFL player, Jay Schulz was renowned for a disregard for his personal safety if it was going to stand in the way of the sheer thrill of being alive and active.

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Slim pickings for traditional AFL spearheads

Buddy Franklin

Rohan Connolly With a continued emphasis on defence, there's a popular perception that AFL football has become a significantly lower-scoring scrap than it used to be.

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Sydney loses its appetite for the hard slog

A despondent Kieren Jack after the Swans' 43-point loss to North Melbourne.

Rohan Connolly In the gloom of a 1-3 start to a season in which many pundits tipped Sydney to win another premiership, there’s at least one statistic from which the Swans can take heart.

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And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly DON’T FORGET THE DEMONS

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Message for Carlton: no messiahs in the modern game

Carlton Football Club.

Rohan Connolly Carlton is a club with major issues at several levels. Its players lack fight and on-field direction.

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Blue day as Dees dare to believe

Jack Watts

Rohan Connolly When a team has won just one of its past 21 games, and not at all for nearly a year, you can’t take anything for granted.

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Lance Franklin a real buddy, says Adam Simpson

Well done: Former Hawks forward line coach Adam Simpson and Lance Franklin.

Rohan Connolly As Lance Franklin continues to feel his way with his new club, his former line coach Adam Simpson has lent his support to the way the superstar spearhead goes about his work.

Adam Simpson's new state of mind

Eagles coach Adam Simpson.

Rohan Connolly Adam Simpson has been in Perth for six months now, but it didn't take nearly that long to work out how proud the locals are about their home state.

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Surprise-packet Saints make strong statement to start AFL season

Pressure: The Saints Luke Dunstan gets his handball away
from West Coast’s Cullum Sinclair.

Rohan Connolly Perception often lags behind reality in AFL football, and in the case of Sunday's game between St Kilda and Adelaide, seemingly about three weeks behind.

AFL

Is Mick Malthouse the man to rebuild the Blues?

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Rohan Connolly A couple of former prime ministers have had bold declarations come back to haunt them. Bob Hawke's line about no child living in poverty and Julia Gillard's insistence about no carbon tax will...

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Trent Cotchin can't do it all for Tigers

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly A great deal has changed at Richmond over the last five years.

Loss has Tigers chasing tail

Nathan Gordon of the Tigers is tackled by Matthew Boyd of the Bulldogs.

Rohan Connolly After only three rounds, Richmond is already facing an uphill battle to stay in touch with the top of the AFL ladder at 1-2 and facing a challenging next month.

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Western Bulldogs hold off Richmond to record first win of 2014

Jack Macrae collected a game-high 30 possessions.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs have let a 37-point advantage slip before booting the final goal to score a two-point upset win over Richmond.