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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Trade winds blow strongest at Punt Road

Rohan Connolly RIchmond has the most players from other clubs on its list, with 13, in keeping with its policy of protecting the senior list with rookie picks

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Season 2014: Collingwood and Fremantle both vulnerable

The opening game of the 2014 season will see two top-four contenders fight for their legitimacy.

Rohan Connolly If a football team is only as good as its most vulnerable part, Friday night's season-opener between Collingwood and Fremantle should be an intriguing match-up.

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Fate not kind to Dean Bailey

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Fate wasn’t kind to Dean Bailey when it came to timing, neither in football nor in the much larger game of life.

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AFL season 2014: The most even in recent memory

The premiership battle will be much closer in 2014.

Rohan Connolly The list of clubs that came close will be truly remarkable when the siren sounds on season 2014.

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Jake Carlisle report worsens Essendon's forward struggles

Jaker Carlisle.

Rohan Connolly Essendon's revamped forward structure has struck trouble before the AFL season even starts, with new key forward Jake Carlisle facing suspension for kneeing an opponent and the Bombers still...

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Saga a wake-up call on 'off-label' drugs: Lyon

Ross Lyon

Rohan Connolly Fremantle coach says more collaborative approach to sports science is needed.

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Andrew Demetriou won't brush mistakes under the carpet

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Rohan Connolly Outgoing AFL chief says he won't 'brush under the carpet' the mistakes that have damaged the game.

Ad nauseam: TV launch leaves Bombers sidelined

Rohan Connolly At a particularly controversial and sensitive juncture in AFL football's recent history, conspiracy theories abound. Everywhere.

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Andrew Demetriou balanced the role of a CEO with being the boss of a football competition to a tee

Andrew Demetriou in North MElbourne team photo.

Rohan Connolly Demetriou clearly thinks his successor would benefit from being a 'football person' too.

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AFL players and supporters should be grateful to Andrew Demetriou

Andrew Demetriou.

Rohan Connolly How does the AFL's core product - the 200-odd games it hosts each season - stack up over the Demetriou decade?

Bob Rose or Malcolm Blight?

Ross Lyon

Rohan Connolly Whether Ross Lyon's coaching career follows the path of Bob Rose (close, but no premierships) or Malcolm Blight (three defeats then back-to-back flags), the Docker will never be one to be overwhelmed...

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Stats show Collingwood's Malthouse-to-Buckley transition complete

Nathan Buckley.

Rohan Connolly As Collingwood enters its third season under the coaching of Nathan Buckley, the signs continue that the transition from the Magpie model of predecessor Mick Malthouse is all but complete.

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon returns 'hungrier and keen' for success

Ross Lyon and Peter Sumich.

Rohan Connolly After handing over the reins to assistant Peter Sumich last week, Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is back in the box.

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Former North Melbourne champion Wayne Schwass calls for mental health round

Wayne Schwass

Rohan Connolly Former North Melbourne champion Wayne Schwass has called on the AFL to make the issue of mental health an immediate priority with the introduction of a themed round to the AFL fixture.

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Pre-season: What we've learnt

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Rohan Connolly Here's just a few things we have already gleaned from this February's football.

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Richmond downs Collingwood by 48 points in their NAB Challenge match at Wangaratta

Ground zero: Tiger Matthew Arnot and Magpie Scott Pendlebury battle for the ball during their NAB Challenge match at Wangaratta on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly Victory, not for the first time engineered by Richmond's classiest acts,

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Simon Madden says it's time for Essendon to move on

Simon Madden

Rohan Connolly Newly elected Essendon director says the Bombers are working hard to put last year behind them.

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Simon Madden to provide experience to Essendon's board

Simon Madden

Rohan Connolly Simon Madden, after more than 40 years with the club as a player and coach, he is taking up the cudgels from arguably an even more influential position at the board table.

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Wayne Campbell to replace Jeff Gieschen as umpires' boss

Wayne Campbell.

Rohan Connolly Former Richmond captain and current Tigers' official Wayne Campbell is to be announced as the AFL's new director of umpiring, replacing the long-time occupant of the position Jeff Gieschen.

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Power of the people forces Cats backflip

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Geelong's decision to slug non-members to watch training sessions backfires.

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