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.

I'm no AFL plant, says Essendon board candidate Jason Cunningham

Rohan Connolly Essendon board candidate Jason Cunningham has penned an open letter to club members in an attempt to dispel fears that he and running mate Ron Gauci are "an AFL plant".

Bomber board candidates go for grass roots approach

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Rohan Connolly Grass roots campaigning has achieved much in the political sphere recently. Now two candidates for the Essendon board hope the strategy can prove as effective in the football world.

Luke Beveridge's first task as Bulldogs coach is to find a captain

Former Hawks assistant coach and new Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs finally have a coach for 2015. And one of Luke Beveridge’s first tasks in his new job will be to appoint a new captain.

Matthew Lloyd returns to Essendon as goalkicking coach

Matthew Lloyd.

Rohan Connolly Former Essendon champion full-forward Matthew Lloyd is returning to his old club as a specialist goalkicking coach.

North Melbourne's Daniel Wells hopes to get jump on the competition

Daniel Wells.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne veteran Daniel Wells isn't required back at training for a couple of weeks, but on Monday he'll be getting a pre-season head start, joining a handful of other senior teammates at the...

Essendon's coolest heads are those under the most heat


Rohan Connolly It's ironic that as Essendon stumbles through another major issue, it's those who've been under the most pressure - James Hird and his players - who have kept the coolest heads.

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AFL relaxes restrictions on cheer squad flag sizes

Geelong fan Troy West, aka Catman, celebrates with other cheer squad members.

Rohan Connolly Traditional football fans have had another victory of sorts with the AFL lifting restrictions on the size of cheer squad flags at the MCG.

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Back to the future a good move for footy fans

The AFL could do with these vacant seats being filled in the 2015 season.

Rohan Connolly The AFL is making a good start in its bid to win back disenchanted fans with some basic measures. And there's plenty more the league can still do.

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Weight of expectation a heavy load for the young

Jack Watts under pressure.

Rohan Connolly There doesn’t seem to be quite the same level of hype around the “who’s going to be No.

Luke Beveridge emerges from shadows to be in frame for Western Bulldogs coaching job

Former Hawks assistant coach Luke Beveridge eyes the Dogs.

Rohan Connolly Luke Beveridge would have been a longshot to take a senior AFL coaching job only 12 months ago. But inside the industry, the stocks of a favourite for the vacant Western Bulldogs job have continued...

Demons steer away from debutants under Roos

Coach Paul Roos: out with the new, in with the old.

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

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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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