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.

Support for zones grows among AFL coaches

Rohan Connolly Support among AFL coaches for more radical solutions to reduce congestion and the spiralling number of stoppages is building, with many not convinced further limitations on interchange rotations will...

AFL match review panel emerges from tricky week with reputation intact

Nat Fyfe of the Dockers and Taylor Duryea of the Hawks collide on Sunday.

Rohan Connolly The AFL Match Review Panel on Monday had clearly its most difficult meeting of the season with a number of contentious incidents involving high-profile players.

Zones might be the only way for AFL to stop the stoppages

Ed Curnow of the Blues is tackled by Tigers Anthony Miles and Kane Lambert.

Rohan Connolly The AFL may have to seriously consider the implementation of set zones for players on the ground as stoppage numbers reach unprecedented heights and scoring is at an all-time low.

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Fremantle faltering as West Coast take wing

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Since early this season, it's looked like Western Australia was going to play a big part in determining this year's AFL premiership.

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Essendon v Melbourne: Brave Bombers see off late Demons charge

Joe Daniher celebrates his fourth goal with Michael Hurley.

Rohan Connolly Joe Daniher kicked five goals as Essendon shrugged off a horror week to edge Melbourne by nine points at the MCG on Saturday.

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A few flutters for Port Adelaide and Collingwood if it's a close finish

AFL Sherrin

Rohan Connolly Thursday night's game might well be Port Adelaide's last chance, and is important for Collingwood, too.

James Hird getting sacked would not solve Essendon's complex problems

James Hird is not the only problem at Essendon.

Rohan Connolly Calls for the sacking of Essendon coach James Hird are simplistic solutions to Essendon's complex problems.

The last word with Rohan Connolly from round 14 of the AFL season

Alastair Clarkson and Nathan Buckley come together to remember Phil Walsh

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly has his say on the AFL weekend that was. Join the conversation from midday on Monday.

Grieving together: Could this be a moment that changes football?

Alastair Clarkson and Nathan Buckley come together to remember Phil Walsh

Rohan Connolly It's been a grim few days for football following the death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh. Perhaps the reactions to it from the football world may also teach us something about how we approach the game.

Western Bulldogs finally get off the leash against Carlton

Jordan Roughead of the Bulldogs (left) is crunched by teamate Jack Redpath during the match against Carlton on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs had some issues come half-time of Saturday night's game against Carlton, of which a three-point deficit was just one.

Former Sydney Swan Barry Mitchell follows the write path

Writer, father and former footy star: Many of Barry Mitchell’s characters will ring some bells.

Rohan Connolly In more than 30 years involvement with league football, former Sydney star Barry Mitchell has seen a lot of highs and lows.

Phil Walsh: Graceful player, hard-nosed coach

Phil Walsh receives a rub down before taking part in Western Border interleague training.

Rohan Connolly Football will remember Phil Walsh as an intense and driven man, passionate about success wherever he worked and determined to pursue every possible end to achieve it.

Sydney Swans scoring just half the problem

Dejected: Dan Hannebery of the Swans leaves the field.

Rohan Connolly Sydney's job against Port Adelaide has become tougher thanks to suspensions to Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett.

Inside St Kilda's coaching box: where the other real action takes place

Inside the coaches' box.

Rohan Connolly An AFL coaching box is a veritable pressure cooker, the advice, the messages, the flow of statistical information all coming at a million miles an hour.

The last word with Rohan Connolly from round 13 of the AFL season

James Hird.

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly has his say on the AFL weekend that was. Join the conversation from midday on Monday.

Time for James Hird and Essendon to face hard facts

James Hird

Rohan Connolly It's time for Essendon to make some tough decisions about their future now, not at the end of another wasted season.

Essendon stalwart Kevin Egan a tale of a backroom Bomber

Kevin Egan, former Essendon player, football manager and director is being inducted into the  club's Hall of fame on Saturday night. Photographed on the beach with his dog Lola.

Rohan Connolly Kevin Egan's five-decade long connection with Essendon will be honoured when he is inducted into the club's Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Collingwood hope passage of time eases pain against Fremantle

Rohan Connolly It's been a long time since Collingwood faced up to Fremantle. And for the Magpies, it's not a particularly fond memory, either.

Carlton coach John Barker claims Ken Hinkley radio interview helped Blues win

Carlton interim coach John Barker.

Rohan Connolly Carlton interim coach John Barker claims a pre-game interview by his coaching rival Ken Hinkley helped the Blues plan their surprise victory over Port Adelaide at the MCG last Saturday.

The last word with Rohan Connolly from round 12 of the AFL season

Troy Menzel celebrates a goal.

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly has his say on the AFL weekend that was. Join the conversation from midday on Monday.

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