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.

Geelong Cats claw back towards slice of history

Rohan Connolly Geelong have clawed their way back into finals contention and a potential piece of history on the back of some less spectacular but very efficient defensive football.

Clear at the top, but no love for Freo to win the flag

Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich with fans after Sunday's win.

Rohan Connolly Fremantle could end up with one of the better home and away records recent AFL football has seen. But the Dockers in flag terms are still fighting for favouritism.

Western Bulldogs give top four some real bite

Luke Beveridge is doing a good job of inspiring his players this season.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs are the AFL's great story of 2015. But as they move into the top four, it increasingly appears to be a story with plenty of substance beyond novelty value.

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Port Adelaide has a Dog of a day

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide's season of unfulfilled expectations finally fell apart at the seams against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, earning the Power a stinging rebuke from coach Ken...

Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide: Classy Dogs overpower Port

AFL Sherrin

Rohan Connolly It's been a disappointing year for Port Adelaide, but the Power's best is still pretty good, and less than 15 minutes into this clash, not a single fan of the home team wouldn't have been feeling...

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Tigers top of the consistency table

Challenge: Richmond players huddle after a goal against Hawthorn in round 18.

Rohan Connolly You have to be consistent to have a shot at success in the AFL. And over the past 12 months or so, only one team in the competition has been any more consistent than Richmond.

Inside the AFL Match Review Panel: a tale of smoking guns and suspensions

Steve Johnson grapples with Allen Christensen

Rohan Connolly A bit of previously unseen footage was the "smoking gun" which led to the suspension of Geelong's Steve Johnson when Fairfax Media was given rare access into the weekly deliberations on the AFL's...

Adam Goodes: football keeps the faith

Sydney Swans fans supporting Adam Goodes.

Rohan Connolly Perhaps the weekend's show of support for Adam Goodes from the football world is a moment which may frame the debate less in terms of ideology and more in terms of decency.

Hawthorn can take a lesson from history against West Coast

Nic Naitanui and Luke Lowden

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn may be sentenced to a final Perth should it lose to West Coast this week. But this week's road trip to the same destination could prove a very useful learning aid for the Hawks.

Buckley laments lack of reward for Mapgies' efforts

Jack Watts of the Demons is tackled by Jack Frost of the Magpies.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has conceded a lack of reward for effort has begun to take its toll as the Magpies face a second consecutive September on the sidelines

Melbourne inflict Collingwood's sixth straight loss with 37-point win at MCG

Chris Dawes marks in front of Jack Frost.

Rohan Connolly Melbourne have dealt Collingwood's finals hopes a blow with a hard-fought 37-point win at the MCG.

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Hawks and Tigers footy's ships in the night

Hawk David Hale and Tiger Shaun Hampson do battle in the ruck

Rohan Connolly Richmond have managed to upset Hawthorn on a couple of occasions in recent times. Not that it's easy to remember given how infrequently they seem to play each other.

Western Bulldogs' depth defies the doubters

Under-performing: Tom Boyd of the Bulldogs.

Rohan Connolly As the Western Bulldogs creep into contention for a top-four berth, it's their remarkable evenness of talent across the list which is becoming a very handy weapon indeed.

AFL can't compete with the game of globalisation

International Champion Cup

Rohan Connolly There's been much debate about the attractiveness of AFL football lately. But the game might have a bigger obstacle in its path. And it's one over which the league has precious little control.

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And while I'm at it

Rohan Connolly There seemed to be a bit more angst than usual (which is saying something) about umpiring over the weekend, with a series of contentious free kicks over a number of games dissected at length by...

Time for AFL coaches to show some courage

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Rohan Connolly As debate about the state of the game continues, perhaps it's time we began to demand as much courage from our coaches as we do of our players.

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Essendon v Port Adelaide: Patrick Ryder leaves Bombers lamenting

Patrick Ryder

Rohan Connolly At three-quarter time on Saturday night, Paddy Ryder's return to an old stamping ground to take on his old side was one he probably preferred to put behind him.

AFL crowds up but TV viewers switch off

Australia-wide, taking in telecasts on both the free-to-air Seven network and pay television's Fox Footy, TV audience numbers are down by nine per cent.

Rohan Connolly The delicate balance between football's live and television audiences has been underlined by figures showing that, while AFL crowds in Melbourne are up marginally on last season, TV audiences for...

End of an era for footy at the Junction Oval

Fred Fanning,

Rohan Connolly It's been more than 30 years since league football was last played at the Junction Oval. But the game itself has maintained a presence at the ground and in the hearts of many football fans.

Perfect storm engulfing the AFL's heartland

Empty seats at the MCG during an AFL game.

Rohan Connolly The worrying signs for AFL football just keep coming. If it's not the way the game looks, it's how many people are turning up to watch it in the once heartland of the code.

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