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.

AFL

Test for Blues, Tigers get off lightly

Chris Judd

Rohan Connolly Carlton was the beneficiary of Essendon's stunning expulsion from the 2013 finals series, but the Blues have paid something of a price two months down the track for their good fortune.

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AFL

Cut and bruised after a long fall from grace

Tough call: Jordan Gysberts in action for Melbourne against Geelong. He won rave reviews early on.

Rohan Connolly Most players delisted in clubs' annual end-of-season list purges don't raise too many eyebrows.

AFL

'Lame' response on game

Neil Balme

Emma Quayle and Rohan Connolly The timing of the AFL's ''captain's pick'' game would prompt Heath Shaw to ''kindly decline'' any offer to play in it.

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AFL

Don't kill the goose that laid the golden egg

AFL Grand Final 2013 Hawthorn v Fremantle MCG , Hawthorn celebrates winning the 2013 Premiership 
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Saturday the 28th of September 2013

Rohan Connolly It doesn't seem that long ago to some of us that league football was a game played exclusively on Saturday afternoons.

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AFL

Lifetimes of memories and legends depart Windy Hill

New home: Removalists transport the painting <em>When We Played Football</em> at Windy Hill.

Rohan Connolly The Bombers are gone, but it's still sacred ground to fans

AFL

Hawks redeemed, but as a spectacle it wasn't pleasant

Rohan Connolly Redemption always tastes sweet, and particularly so on the grand final stage.

AFL

Freo, no offence but ...

Ross Lyon

Rohan Connolly Defence wins premierships has become a favourite mantra of modern-day football. But it's a simplistic cliche that tells only half the story.

Cool Hawks find path to completion

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

AFL

Cool Hawks find path to completion

Hawthorn celebrates winning the 2013 Premiership

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

AFL

Five of the best

Brian Lake

Rohan Connolly This year we witnessed one of the best defensive games modern grand finals have seen.

GRAND FINAL 2013

Redemption a powerful force as Hawthorn charges to premiership No.11

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn won the contested possession. It won the clearances. It won the tackle count. Unlike last year, when it also dominated most of the key statistical indicators but couldn't convert that edge...

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AFL

Whipped into shape

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn is one club that knows how to turn grand final disappointment into glory the following year.

AFL

Shades of the Baby Bombers for Hawthorn

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn and Essendon don't have a lot in common save a healthy on-field enmity for one another, but there are a few old Bombers who this week might have identified with at least half the Hawks...

AFL

MCG? What home-ground advantage?

Swans Adam Goodes, Ryan O'Keefe and Jude Bolton share the unique jubilation of grand final success.

Rohan Connolly Freo has plenty of hurdles to jump, but playing at the 'G may not be one of them.

AFL

Haze has voice, but will it crumble in fight for chocolates?

Fremantle supporters

Rohan Connolly There's always been something genuine about Fremantle's support.

AFL

Anyone's guess. Perfect.

Matthew Pavlich

Rohan Connolly Is it Hawthorn or Fremantle that goes into the premiership decider in better nick?

AFL

All set for the big showdown

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly With either team a sentimental favourite, the hard-nosed pick is the potent Hawthorn.

AFL

Freo's coming of age a reason to celebrate

Rohan Connolly Football has grown up a bit since the AFL first dealt with a team outside Victoria.

Kurt appraisal: Swans harder to pin down with big man on the sidelines

Kurt Tippett

Rohan Connolly Perceptions in football can change markedly in the space of just a couple of games.

AFL

Swans may fly with Tippett on sideline

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Perceptions in football can change markedly in the space of just a couple of games.