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.

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Rohan Connolly AND WHILE I’M AT IT …

The round one wrap

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly's wrap up of the state of play for eight AFL clubs which played at the weekend.

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Saints hit back after slow start

Heads-up: Melbourne's Nathan Jones evades at St Kilda chaser on Saturday night.

Rohan Connolly St Kilda’s big men earn new coach Alan Richardson a gritty first-round win over Melbourne.

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New Saints coach praises captain's role in win

Rival coaches Paul Roos of the Demons and Alan Richardson of the Saints shake hands before the game.

Rohan Connolly Alan Richardson lauds Nick Riewoldt for his leadership in helping Saints to unexpected win.

New season, new look for Melbourne and St Kilda

pick 3 St Kilda Jack Billings
AFL draft 2013 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Picture by John French 21nov2013

Rohan Connolly Melbourne and St Kilda will bear little resemblance to the line-ups of last season when they clash on Saturday - even their coaches are new.

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For Essendon's David Zaharakis, positivity pays off

Essendon AFL player David Zaharakis speaking to students at Essendon Keilor College.

Rohan Connolly David Zaharakis is talking to a group of Year 8 and 9 students from Essendon Keilor College about the perils of social media.

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Geelong picks Lincoln McCarthy for second AFL game

Lincoln McCarthy has been earmarked to take over the role long occupied by triple premiership star Paul Chapman.

Rohan Connolly Geelong youngster Lincoln McCarthy will play his second game of AFL football against Adelaide on Thursday night, nearly two years after his first for the Cats.

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Essendon's David Zaharakis signs new three-year deal

Essendon's David Zaharakis.

Rohan Connolly Essendon midfielder David Zaharakis has signed a three-year contract extension with the club, tieing him to the Bombers until the end of 2017.

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Naming hardly shaming for Damien Hardwick

Under pressure: Damien Hardwick.

Rohan Connolly Coaches can't win sometimes. Fail to bring out the big stick after a disappointing performance from their team and they'll cop criticism for being too soft.

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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

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Expansion day no horror movie

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Rohan Connolly The first part of Saturday’s double-header certainly delivered an unexpected plot.

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Good and bad Buddy Franklin on show in Sydney Swans opener

Lance Franklin

Rohan Connolly Buddy's first game for the Swans was quiet and occasionally error-prone.

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Trade winds blow strongest at Punt Road

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Rohan Connolly RIchmond has the most players from other clubs on its list, with 13, in keeping with its policy of protecting the senior list with rookie picks

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Season 2014: Collingwood and Fremantle both vulnerable

The opening game of the 2014 season will see two top-four contenders fight for their legitimacy.

Rohan Connolly If a football team is only as good as its most vulnerable part, Friday night's season-opener between Collingwood and Fremantle should be an intriguing match-up.

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Fate not kind to Dean Bailey

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Rohan Connolly Fate wasn’t kind to Dean Bailey when it came to timing, neither in football nor in the much larger game of life.

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AFL season 2014: The most even in recent memory

The premiership battle will be much closer in 2014.

Rohan Connolly The list of clubs that came close will be truly remarkable when the siren sounds on season 2014.

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Jake Carlisle report worsens Essendon's forward struggles

Jaker Carlisle.

Rohan Connolly Essendon's revamped forward structure has struck trouble before the AFL season even starts, with new key forward Jake Carlisle facing suspension for kneeing an opponent and the Bombers still...

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Saga a wake-up call on 'off-label' drugs: Lyon

Ross Lyon

Rohan Connolly Fremantle coach says more collaborative approach to sports science is needed.

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Andrew Demetriou won't brush mistakes under the carpet

Sherrin football

Rohan Connolly Outgoing AFL chief says he won't 'brush under the carpet' the mistakes that have damaged the game.

Ad nauseam: TV launch leaves Bombers sidelined

Rohan Connolly At a particularly controversial and sensitive juncture in AFL football's recent history, conspiracy theories abound. Everywhere.