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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Richmond reaches fork in the road

Rohan Connolly Richmond has had some embarrassing losses over the years, but few would have rankled with the faithful as much as Saturday’s defeat against Melbourne.

Roos' banner causes red faces with reference to legendary Tom Hafey

Roos banner

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne is fuming at its cheer squad after the club's run-through on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium appeared to disrespect the legacy of AFL coaching legend Tom Hafey.

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North Melbourne's romp over Lions little more than a training run

Andrew Swallow and Ryan Lester

Rohan Connolly The signs weren't good for Brisbane well before North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey posted the first goal of Saturday night's game at Etihad Stadium seven minutes in.

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Another path to football progress

Matt Hall

Rohan Connolly Matt Hall's personal journey reads like a timeline synonymous with the sporting world and Australian football's gradual acceptance of homosexuality.

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Collingwood sticks in the boot with a new emphasis on kicking

Collingwood football training. Nathan Buckley and Robert Harvey.

Rohan Connolly Robert Harvey was never one for over-the-top statements when he was a champion on-baller with St Kilda, and, not surprisingly, he's gone about his work as an assistant coach - currently with...

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Tom Hafey: a coach to last a lifetime

Tom Hafey exercises on the beach as part of his regular early morning training session on June 11, 2011.

Rohan Connolly It's been 26 years now since Tom Hafey last coached at the game's elite level, even before the VFL officially became the AFL, meaning a score of football fans can rely only on the history books to...

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Port Adelaide powers out of the defensive box

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Rohan Connolly The past decade of football has been an interesting case study for those who enjoy taking the big-picture view of the game and its continued evolution.

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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, from midday.

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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly, noon

Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, from midday.

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Finals still a long way off for Essendon, Carlton and Richmond

Essendon is desperate for JasonWinderlich to return.

Rohan Connolly For all its championing of a national philosophy, the AFL is never happier than when the establishment clubs in the game’s heartland are doing well.

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Paul Roos gives umpires a spray over Dean Terlich and Stewart Crameri incidents

Paul Roos.

Rohan Connolly Melbourne coach Paul Roos has taken a shot at the umpires in his team’s 16-point loss against the Bulldogs over one free kick that wasn’t paid and one that was.

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Mark Harvey: a sort of homecoming

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Rohan Connolly The scene is an induction ceremony for five newly-installed members of Essendon’s Hall of Fame.

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Defensive unit doing the job for Demons

Efficient: Tom McDonald, one of Melbourne's core of backs, lays a tackle on Tiger Shane Edwards.

Rohan Connolly Several times during his first pre-season in charge of Melbourne, Paul Roos made a point of identifying percentage, rather than wins and losses, as a measuring stick of the Demons’ improvement...

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly They were fast, they were slick, and they were very, very good. Gold Coast is a great team to watch, and as North Melbourne will now testify, pretty damn effective, too.

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Why AFL should consider bonus points

Jarryd Roughead and Ryan Schoenmakers.

Rohan Connolly New AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan plans to speak to AFL coaches about encouraging exciting football.

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Essendon saves its best for last in win over Western Bulldogs

Jason Winderlich of the Bombers tackles Easton Wood of the Bulldogs as Essendon skipper Jobe Watson looks on.

Rohan Connolly Essendon was going nowhere fast early in the third quarter against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

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Fremantle engine running rough

Ross Lyon has been hosing down any talk that his side, at 3-3 and hanging on to a spot in the eight by a thread, might be in trouble.

Rohan Connolly Ross Lyon isn’t one to panic. So it isn't any great surprise that the Fremantle coach has been hosing down any talk that his side, at 3-3 and hanging on to a spot in the eight by a thread,...

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Port Adelaide premiership is no pipedream

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Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide is no novelty. It's the real deal.

Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

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Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, from midday.

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Murphy finally making his mark for Blues

Leading light: Carlton’s Marc Murphy evades Eagle Dean Cox.

Rohan Connolly Carlton's amazing comeback win over West Coast on Saturday could be an important moment in the Blues' season.