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.

Sydney pay a grand price for upsetting Hawthorn

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Sydney stole a famous upset over Hawthorn on grand final day in 2012. But the Swans have paid a price at the hands of the Hawks ever since.

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Time for Geelong Cats support act Steve Johnson to star again

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 19: Mitchell Duncan of the Cats looks upfield during the round four AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Geelong Cats at the SCG on April 19, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Mitch Duncan has been in terrific form for Geelong this season, and his injury is a big blow to the Cats. Which means it's time for Steve Johnson to step up to the plate again.

GWS kids grow from beanstalks into Giants

Giant steps: GWS are a rising AFL power.

Rohan Connolly The maturing of an entire team full of precocious talent is seeing Greater Western Sydney climb the rankings, and the ladder, at a rapid rate.

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

Dale Thomas and Blues coach Mick Malthouse look on during the game.

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

GWS thrashing of Carlton the story of football empires' rise and fall

Giant steps: GWS are a rising AFL power.

Rohan Connolly There are usually moments in games of football that speak to a bigger picture. But seldom can an entire four quarters have been as dripping with symbolism as what took place at Etihad Stadium on...

Giants inflict more misery on Carlton

Blues coach Michael Malthouse.

Rohan Connolly Each time lately you think Carlton has plumbed new depths, they seem to find a deeper, darker abyss.

Fiddling with the AFL fixture a fool's game


Rohan Connolly The current AFL fixture is working well. Why don't we give it half a chance before we start messing around with it again?

Departure of Paddy Ryder becoming a bigger burden for Essendon

Ryder had a career-best season in 2014.

Rohan Connolly Essendon has not suffered the exodus of players many tipped when the supplements saga began. But one star they did lose seems to have left a bigger hole in the line-up by the week.

Handy opening sees AFL 2015 well-placed at quarter-time

Up: The Western
Bulldogs celebrate after
their round 5 win over

Rohan Connolly It's been an eventful first quarter of the 2015 AFL season. Here are the highs, lows, ups and downs of what's taken place so far.

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

Matthew Pavlich celebrates another goal

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

Top of the AFL ladder little comfort in this even season

Suspense: Nathan Fyfe’s Dockers may be deserving favourites, but their lead is tenuous.

Rohan Connolly Fremantle is a deserved flag favourite after six rounds. But who can confidently predict how 2015 will pan out in what is shaping as one of the most even seasons in memory?

Simply stunning: Saints stage revival to beat Bulldogs after trailing by 55 points

Key player: Jack Billings celebrates after scoring a goal.

Rohan Connolly St Kilda have halted the Western Bulldogs' resurgence with a stunning second-half fight back to seal a thrilling seven-point win.

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St Kilda spurred on by Western Bulldogs' renewed bark


Rohan Connolly The paths of St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs cross on Saturday when they clash at Etihad Stadium. But their stories seem to have run parallel for some time now, and may again sooner than some think.

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Dustin Fletcher, pitch-perfect analogue in a digital age

Dustin Fletcher runs hard during a training session last year.

Rohan Connolly At 40, many men are pondering the struggle of life's day-to-day business, not pursuing a career in one of the most punishing sports. But Dustin Fletcher has it all covered.

Justin Leppitsch deserves better from his Brisbane Lions


Rohan Connolly You know that an AFL coach is filthy on his playing group when he is offered the chance to criticise an opponent for meting out some heavy-handed physical punishment to one of his own, and ends up...

Bulldogs good for football and maybe a good thing for finals

Celebration: The form that had the Bulldogs winning against the Sydney Swans could also see them into the finals.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs are winning over the football world. But their flying start to 2015 may also have given them a golden opportunity to win a spot in September few would have anticipated.

Savage Hawthorn mauls North Melbourne

Players wrestle after a high hit by Hawthorn's Luke Hodge on Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn show their form again, handing North Melbourne a 60-point mauling.

Hawthorn's Luke Hodge, Jordan Lewis may have to face tribunal

Hawk Jordan Lewis collects Todd Goldstein in the head as he attempts to spoil during the round five match against North Melbourne.

Rohan Connolly and Larissa Nicholson Hawthorn face an anxious wait for the match review panel deliberations on Monday after two incidents involving stars Luke Hodge and Jordan Lewis.

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

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

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Lin Jong a Western Bulldog who belongs

An AFL Sherrin

Rohan Connolly Western Bulldog Lin Jong's cultural background has always made him an interesting story. But his football is starting to get pretty interesting, too.