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.

Better balance gives Dogs more bite

Richmond's Alex Rance is stopped by Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli.

Rohan Connolly A free-flowing Dogs side is also a better attacking proposition.

Mick Malthouse: an epic coaching journey

Malthouse gives directions to Nathan Buckley during the three-quarter-time break in the match between Collingwood and West Coast, round 11, 2000.

Rohan Connolly On Friday night, Mick Malthouse breaks Jock McHale's coaching record, an achievement three decades in the making which took him to seven grand finals and saw him win three premierships.

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

Jesse Hogan of the Demons.

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

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Collingwood coming on quicker than some think

Youth on their side: Collingwood’s younger players are lifting the team.

Rohan Connolly There was much pessimism about Collingwood's prospects in 2015. Perhaps a little too much.

Collingwood earn tough Anzac Day win over Essendon

Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury is tackled by Dyson Heppell.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood have once again showed their modern-day dominance of Anzac Day football, earning a tough 20-point win over Essendon.

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Essendon reaps the rewards of two different coaches

The old dream team: Essendon coach James Hird with his former assistant Mark Thompson in 2012

Rohan Connolly A coaching switch between James Hird and Mark Thompson was supposed to be a disruption for Essendon. But perhaps it has actually made the Bombers a better side.

Geelong skipper Joel Selwood carrying too much of the burden

Cats skipper Joel Selwood makes a break during the match against Gold Coast on Sunday.

Rohan Connolly Geelong captain Joel Selwood dragged his team over the line on Sunday. But just how long can he be expected to do it on his own?

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

Isaac Heeney

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

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Attacking football scores a hit

Powerful: Kane Mitchell celebrates his winning goal.

Rohan Connolly Saturday night's North Melbourne-Port Adelaide game was a classic. But could it also prove a template to other AFL clubs about how the game should be played?

Essendon account for Carlton in game of few surprises

Jake Carlisle of the Bombers competes for the ball against Sam Rowe of the Blues (L) during Saturday's game.

Rohan Connolly Carlton-Essendon clashes over the years have had a habit of serving up the unexpected. But perhaps the only surprise about the Bombers' 21-point win at the MCG on Saturday was that there was no real...

Thoughtful Bomber Travis Colyer learning to back himself


Rohan Connolly It's taken a while. But Essendon little man Travis Colyer's pace is making him an indispensable part of the Bombers' push towards something bigger and better in 2015.

Port Adelaide ponders the price of a paucity of pressure

Worrying times: Port's situation is hardly a crisis, but they need to turn things around quickly.

Rohan Connolly At 0-2, Port Adelaide don't yet have a crisis on their hands. But they soon might unless they fix some fundamentals pronto.

Richmond's forward issues a familiar tale

Richmond's Ben Griffiths had a quiet day against the Bulldogs.

Rohan Connolly Richmond's disappointing loss to the Western Bulldogs last Saturday revealed a familiar and recurring theme.

Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

Sam Rowe and Sam Docherty.

Rohan Connolly Got a question about footy? A talking point out of the weekend's action that you want to discuss? Join Rohan Connolly from midday to chat all things AFL, or get in early and leave your question now.

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Carlton can't afford to give in to hysteria

Not out of reach: Mick Malthouse and Carlton need time.

Rohan Connolly Knee-jerk reactions aren't going to help Carlton now. The best thing the Blues can do after two losses to start the new football year is to hold the fort.

Two wins from two, Western Bulldogs looking forward to Hawthorn challenge

Good show: Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has a word with Tom Boyd in the rooms after the game.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs are off to a flying start under new coach Luke Beveridge, winning their opening two games for the first time in six years after a hard-fought 19-point victory over Richmond.

Western Bulldogs' bite too tough for Richmond

Tom Boyd takes a strong mark during the Dogs' victory.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs have continued their AFL revitalisation under new coach Luke Beveridge by downing Richmond at the MCG.

Road to milestone long but worth the wait for St Kilda's Luke Delaney

Motivated: Luke Delaney decided to jump from North Melbourne when he still could.

Rohan Connolly It's taken seven seasons and two clubs, but on Saturday night St Kilda key defender Luke Delaney finally gets to celebrate his 50th game of AFL football.

The legend of Essendon's Leon Baker, the accidental footballer

Leon Baker: an iconic Essendon player.

Rohan Connolly Dual Essendon premiership player Leon Baker is a famous grand final figure, yet one whose story has rarely been told.

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Reaction the key to round one thrashing for North Melbourne, Geelong and the brothers Scott

A crestfallen Magpies team after round one in 2014, following a 70-point mauling by Fremantle.

Rohan Connolly It didn't take long for social media to start cranking out the memes after Hawthorn had wiped the floor with Geelong on Easter Monday.