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.

Blues are starting to believe

Irish debutant Ciaran Sheehan impressed in his first game for Carlton.

Rohan Connolly Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he can see his players beginning to come out of their shells as the Blues continue their late-season improvement.

Carlton does it easily and early against Gold Coast

Jarrad Waite had a day out against the Suns.

Rohan Connolly You had a pretty good sense of what was going to happen within 10 minutes, by which time Carlton had banged on three goals without reply.

Swan Ben McGlynn in the thick of things, but still kicking goals

Attitude is Ben McGlynn's strongest asset.

Rohan Connolly When Sydney played Hawthorn a couple of weeks back, you could have forgiven Swans little man Ben McGlynn the temporary indulgence of looking around the MCG and wondering what might have been.

Port Adelaide hovers on the brink of unwanted football history

Port Adelaide.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide is in serious danger of creating an unwanted slice of football history.

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Essendon's Michael Hurley helps settle the key position debate

Under pressure: Swan Sam Reid is challenged by Michael Hurley at the SCG.

Rohan Connolly For most of this season, integral to any discussion about Essendon’s finals prospects has been the debate about the use of key position players Jake Carlisle and Michael Hurley.

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If you don't mind: Richmond's Steven Morris reacts to a free kick.

Rohan Connolly The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, answers all your footy questions.

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Time to blow whistle on tiresome notion that umpires cost you the game

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Rohan Connolly You tend to revisit a lot of the same old stories every football season. But is there any annual debate in the game more tedious than that concerning umpiring?

North Melbourne coach says staging hurts Lindsay Thomas's reputation

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott does not look particularly happy at three-quarter-time.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has admitted forward Lindsay Thomas's reputation in the football world doesn't match his performance because of his staging for free kicks.

AFL

Cats keep cool heads in win over Kangaroos

Michael Firrito of the Kangaroos tackles Shane Kersten of the Cats during Saturday night's game.

Rohan Connolly Geelong might not be quite the powerhouse it was a few seasons ago, but you still need to be right on your game to beat the Cats.

Cats and Roos at home under the Etihad roof

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Rohan Connolly Much is made of Geelong’s record at its Simonds Stadium home, and rightly so, the Cats having won a phenomenal 54 of their past 57 games at their headquarters over the last eight years.

AFL

Writing on the wall for Carlton's Robert Warnock

Injury has provided Warnock with some pretty low moments in his eight-year AFL career.

Rohan Connolly For most of this season, given Carlton has already spent much of that time out of finals contention, the Blues’ army of fans have been left with little to ponder other than the state of their...

AFL

Collingwood's conundrum: Time's in short supply if you are a Magpie

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Rohan Connolly Collingwood is always a victim of bloated expectations. A football club with a massive membership, huge following and the game’s most outspoken president guarantees headlines whether it’s...

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Alex Woodward of the Hawks celebrates his debut game.

Rohan Connolly The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, answers all your footy questions.

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Hawks' 12th flag could be their best

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Rohan Connolly It goes without saying Hawthorn is the most successful club of football’s last 50 years, 10 of its 11 premierships won since 1971, a strike rate of one flag every 4.

AFL

Hawthorn proved catalyst for Lance Franklin finding form

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Rohan Connolly If a week is a long time in football, three months might as well be a lifetime - more than enough for the most sweeping of statements to be forgotten.

AFL

Sydney's balance still getting the job done

Balance and consistency continue to pervade virtually every aspect of Sydney’s on-field operation.

Rohan Connolly Sydney could hardly be better-placed for a tilt at a third premiership in 10 seasons than it is right now.

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Geelong's finals credentials.

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

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Current Cats won't cut it in finals

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Rohan Connolly Geelong coach Chris Scott says the Cats are a “glass half-full” football club.

AFL

Saints' stunning upset a big blow to Fremantle's finals ambitions

Nick Surban (left) and Tendai Mzungu of the Dockers tackle Luke Delaney of the Saints.

Rohan Connolly It was the upset of the season. And for Fremantle, Saturday's shock 58-point thrashing at the hands of St Kilda has the potential to prove the disaster of the season.

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Bottom-placed Saints stun Fremantle in upset of the season

What a win: Nick Riewold and Leigh Montagna.

Rohan Connolly St Kilda has given Lenny Hayes the perfect retirement present with a staggering 58-point win over Fremantle.