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.

Demons steer away from debutants under Roos

Rohan Connolly As Melbourne signs another player from a rival club, coach Paul Roos says the Demons will continue to look to experienced talent to improve the list.

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No problems between Demons and Jack Trengove says Melbourne coach Paul Roos

Jack Trengove.

Rohan Connolly Melbourne coach Paul Roos says the Demons don't expect any ill-feeling between the club and former captain Jack Trengove after the midfielder's trade to Richmond was aborted on medical grounds.

Fairer cop for fitness men in 2015 AFL fixture

Breathing easier: Hawthorn players will appreciate fewer six-day breaks in 2015.

Rohan Connolly Fans, football departments and particularly AFL club fitness men should all be happy with the 2015 fixture, the league having worked hard to minimise the problematic six-day break between games.

Defining an AFL club's success: is it about wins on or off the field?

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Rohan Connolly What actually constitutes success for an AFL club, off-field riches or on-field premierships? It’s not always that simple to work out, particularly at this time of year.

Mitch Robinson? Jesse Stringer? Clubs weigh up which delisted players are worth a punt

Open to offers: Mitch Robinson.

Rohan Connolly "Better the devil you know" is an idiom that might be occupying the minds of more than a few AFL list managers at the moment.

2015 AFL fixture: the winners and losers

Sherrin footy

Rohan Connolly The 2015 AFL fixture is one for the genuine fans, and from a football perspective it's pretty fair to the clubs as well.

AFL, soccer at odds over A-League grand final

If Melbourne Victory qualifies for the A-League play-off, it may have to be held at AAMI Park.

Rohan Connolly Tensions between Australian football and soccer have flared over a dispute about the scheduling of the A-League grand final next May.

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Adam Schneider to play on for St Kilda as rookie

Veteran Adam Schneider will play on with the Saints.

Rohan Connolly St Kilda veteran Adam Schneider will play on with the club as a mature-age rookie next year despite being delisted by the Saints on Tuesday.

Veteran coach Rodney Eade a real chance to finally land elusive flag with Gold Coast Suns

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Rohan Connolly Rodney Eade is one of only two men who have coached more than 300 AFL games not to have won a premiership. But his new stint in charge of Gold Coast gives him his best chance yet to change that.

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What the AFL could learn from the A-League

Melbourne Victory

Rohan Connolly The AFL could do a lot worse than look to the A-League as it goes about repairing its relationship with football supporters who actually go to the games.

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Mark Thompson's AFL journey deserves a more fitting end

Mark Thompson.

Rohan Connolly Things can change quickly in the football world. But even by AFL standards, it's difficult to comprehend the extent to which they've changed for Mark Thompson over the past three weeks.

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Cameron Ling to leave North Melbourne leadership role

Cameron Ling.

Rohan Connolly Former Geelong premiership captain Cameron Ling has relinquished his role as a leadership consultant to North Melbourne.

Collingwood once bitten, not shy on Travis Varcoe

Speedster: Travis Varcoe.

Rohan Connolly Travis Varcoe is being realistic about the football year just ended.

Melbourne legend Robert Flower dies

Robbie Flower

Rohan Connolly Few league footballers have fitted the stereotype of how players at the game’s elite level should look less than did Melbourne champion Robert Flower.

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Hawthorn heeds the lessons of losing

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Rohan Connolly There's a very strong common denominator between Hawthorn's first back-to-back premiership sides of 1988-89 and the Hawks of 2013-14, and it’s a key to what has made this proud club such a...

AFL grand final 2014: Hawthorn pride produces another premiership

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Jordan Lewis of the Hawks  celebrates with the Premeirship Cup during the 2014 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 27, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn is a club with enormous pride. Now it's also a club with two lots of back-to-back flags among its dozen premierships. And those two points are inextricably woven.

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The greatest of them all in the AFL?

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Rohan Connolly As Sydney and Hawthorn meet in Saturday’s grand final, there’s, as usual, a premiership cup on offer to reward nearly 12 months of hard work.

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AFL grand final: Rohan Connolly rates Sydney and Hawthorn

Hawks v Swans

Rohan Connolly Sydney and Hawthorn: the elite, the core group and the bottom six

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Hawthorn and Sydney need their lesser lights to shine in grand final

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Rohan Connolly The big names will have their say, but the premiership may be decided by how much the Hawks and Swans can get from their less-heralded players.

Hawthorn and Sydney: it's grand to see you again

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Rohan Connolly The Swans and Hawks have already set the grand final bar high.