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.

Round 23, 2015 borders on the farcical: AFL must take action

Rohan Connolly The AFL needs to take action on the mass resting of players in the final round of the home and away season

Rating Essendon's 2015 AFL season


Rohan Connolly Whichever way you look at it, 2015 has been a miserable year for the Essendon Football Club.

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Sydney Swans put scores on the board for a chance in September

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 30: Gary Rohan of the Swans and Isacc Heeney (R) celebrates a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Sydney Swans at Etihad Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Once again, Sydney seems to have flown under the finals radar to be once again a chance.

AFL finals 2015: results say bottom half of eight have the runs on the board

Better believe it: Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker could very well lead his team to a flag this season.

Rohan Connolly This looks like the season when a team could really win the premiership from the bottom half of the eight. And that's not just observation, the numbers back it up.

End of era needn't mean end of the line for Geelong

Comeback kids: Daniel Menzel and Nathan Vardy.

Rohan Connolly An era is about to end for Geelong. But another successful period may be a lot closer than some people think.

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Richmond keep top-four hopes alive with hard-fought victory

Brett Deledio of the Tigers goes to ground after a sling tackle by Bomber Courtenay Dempsey.

Rohan Connolly Richmond's hopes of a top-four finish remain very much alive after a solid 27-point win over Essendon.

Steady Tigers weather the Essendon storm

Hold it right there: Anthony Miles of Richmond is tackled by Dyson Heppell.

Rohan Connolly The Tigers showed an admirable capacity to weather the storm, literally as well as metaphorically in this case, and emerge on top.

Hawthorn flag would be one from the heart

Testing times: Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks sporting a match-day bandage on his lip after facial surgery.

Rohan Connolly A third premiership in a row for Hawthorn would break new ground for the club. But given the sort of unforeseen circumstances the Hawks have dealt with constantly of late, an amazing achievement on a...

Hawthorn flag would be one from the heart

Rohan Connolly A third premiership in a row for Hawthorn would break new ground for the club. But given the sort of unforeseen circumstances the Hawks have dealt with constantly of late, an amazing achievement on a...

North Melbourne's winning run a remarkable rebound

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne's first half of 2015 was, to say the least, inconsistent. But the Roos' last couple of months have provided a remarkable contrast, not just on the scoreboard.

Time to do away with a Brownlow Medal anachronism

Back in Brownlow contention: Nat Fyfe of the Dockers is tackled by Todd Goldstein of the Kangaroos during the round 21 match on Sunday.

Rohan Connolly Nat Fyfe's narrow escape from Brownlow Medal ineligibility has highlighted how much of an anachronism is the "fairest" tag attached to the game's highest individual honour.

AFL 2015: Maybe it really is anyone's flag

Threatening: The Kangaroos celebrate their victory over the top-placed Dockers on Sunday.

Rohan Connolly Never has the rule of thumb about how finals series are played out looked shakier than right now.

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Ty Vickery boots six as Tigers demolish Collingwood by 91 points

Dustin Martin of the Tigers kicks the ball past Jarryd Blair.

Rohan Connolly A career-best haul of six goals from Ty Vickery has helped Richmond gear up for the AFL finals with a 91-point demolition of Collingwood.

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Essendon crisis: Matthew Egan a man who's done it tough before

Unsure he wants the job: Matthew Egan with former coach James Hird.

Rohan Connolly Becoming an interim coach can be a handy leg-up or a poisoned chalice. But new Essendon senior man Matthew Egan, say his colleagues, has something going for him. His character.

Essendon and James Hird: Club reduced to laughing stock

'Just what do the Bombers stand for now?'

Rohan Connolly Essendon is a former powerhouse of the AFL competition right now reduced to little more than a laughing stock both on and off the field.

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Adelaide's resilience in tragic circumstances a remarkable effort

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Rohan Connolly Essendon's thrashing last Saturday took much of the focus away from a brilliant performance by Adelaide.

Was Cyril Rioli's performance against Geelong the best ever 12-disposal game?

Six-goal haul: Cyril Rioli.

Rohan Connolly I've covered a lot of AFL matches over the years. I've never before awarded a player nine votes out of 10 for a 12-disposal game...until now.

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James Hird just the tip of the iceberg for Essendon, a club in denial

Bombers coach James Hird.

Rohan Connolly Whether or not James Hird can coach is merely the tip of the iceberg for Essendon. The Bombers need to face facts that for most of the past 15 years, they have been a club in denial.

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Gap in class shows as Hawks get better of old rivals Cats

Seven chief Tim Worner says the 30 seconds after a goal (in AFL) is

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn's 36-point victory over Geelong drew the lowest crowd between the two clubs for eight years.

Sydney and Collingwood's SCG clash a blast from the past

Retro Pie: Anthony Rocca celebrates the winning goal in Collingwood's SCG clash with Sydney 15 years ago.

Rohan Connolly Sydney haven't played Collingwood at the SCG since early in the 2000 season, so long ago that a handful of Magpies who will be part of Friday night's clash at the same ground had barely turned four...