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.

AFL

Self-made man who finally gets his chance to star

Rohan Connolly The experience of coaching at six previous AFL clubs and in a variety of roles has given Alan Richardson one of the caper's most solid CVs.

AFL

Bombers chairman Paul Little dismisses ASADA infraction talk

Essendon's Paul Little

Rohan Connolly Essendon AFL chairman Paul Little has rubbished reports some players could be facing infraction notices from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, and possible suspensions.

AFL

Mark Thompson says Essendon must regain respect

Mark Thompson.

Rohan Connolly New Bombers coach wants his team and club to do things well in 2014, but after the shame of the supplements scandal, he's placing an even higher priority on doing things right.

Bomber bill a 'misunderstanding'

Bill Farr colour illustration .

Rohan Connolly Essendon coach Mark Thompson has used personal experience to defend two of his players who were involved in an incident at an Albert Park restaurant last weekend.

AFL

Bomber looking for the right stuff

Essendon's Mark Thompson Listens to Paul Little during the presser .13th November 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Rohan Connolly Essendon coach wants to do well in 2014, but priority is to do things right.

AFL

Carlton's Dale Thomas confident he'll play round one

Dale Thomas.

Rohan Connolly Carlton recruit Dale Thomas says he has no idea why his former club Collingwood have doubts over his playing future and he's confident his ankle problems won't stop him playing in round one.

AFL

Podsiadly ready for new start with Crows

James Podsiadly.

Rohan Connolly James Podsiadly has a bit of a head start on his peers when it comes to any butterflies which might be associated with joining a new club at a more senior age than most recruits.

AFL

Players may leave, but fans stick with their AFL clubs

Sydney Swans player Lance Buddy Franklin in the Emirates marquee at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

Rohan Connolly No image has ever spoken more poignantly about the connection between a professional footballer of any code and a club than a moment at Old Trafford in late April of 1974.

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AFL

In AFL one thing is certain

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Yep, uncertainty. So, if your team looks to have copped a tough draw, all is not lost.

AFL

'Messiah' Roos keen to keep it real with Dees

Paul Roos

Rohan Connolly Melbourne supporters know arrival of top coach will not be an instant fix.

AFL

Election of Melbourne captain may take time

Melbourne coach Paul Roos.

Rohan Connolly Melbourne will take its time appointing its captain for 2014 after co-skipper Jack Trengove’s resignation from the post, with new coach Paul Roos still open to the idea of multiple on-field leaders.

AFL

Dees coach lauds boosted midfield stocks

Paul Roos.

Rohan Connolly Paul Roos has lauded Melbourne's success in bolstering its midfield stocks as he prepares to officially oversee the club's 2014 campaign.

AFL

Saints be dazed - again

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly That word ''culture'' seems to be at the centre of discussion when it comes to the Saints.

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AFL

Watters sacking: Dermott Brereton launches scathing attack on Saints and Chris Pelchen

Dermott Brereton.

Rohan Connolly Dermott Brereton has launched a scathing attack on St Kilda and in particular its head of football Chris Pelchen for the club's 'pathetic' decision to sack coach Scott Watters on Friday.

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AFL

Fixture: hits 'n' misses

Sherrin football

Rohan Connolly There's a bit of something for everyone in the AFL fixture for 2014, and we're not just talking about the marketing and football departments of the 18 clubs.

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AFL

Test for Blues, Tigers get off lightly

Chris Judd

Rohan Connolly Carlton was the beneficiary of Essendon's stunning expulsion from the 2013 finals series, but the Blues have paid something of a price two months down the track for their good fortune.

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AFL

Cut and bruised after a long fall from grace

Tough call: Jordan Gysberts in action for Melbourne against Geelong. He won rave reviews early on.

Rohan Connolly Most players delisted in clubs' annual end-of-season list purges don't raise too many eyebrows.

AFL

'Lame' response on game

Neil Balme

Emma Quayle and Rohan Connolly The timing of the AFL's ''captain's pick'' game would prompt Heath Shaw to ''kindly decline'' any offer to play in it.

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AFL

Don't kill the goose that laid the golden egg

AFL Grand Final 2013 Hawthorn v Fremantle MCG , Hawthorn celebrates winning the 2013 Premiership 
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Saturday the 28th of September 2013

Rohan Connolly It doesn't seem that long ago to some of us that league football was a game played exclusively on Saturday afternoons.

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AFL

Lifetimes of memories and legends depart Windy Hill

New home: Removalists transport the painting <em>When We Played Football</em> at Windy Hill.

Rohan Connolly The Bombers are gone, but it's still sacred ground to fans