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.

Tide turns for Richmond's 'villain' Ty Vickery

Rohan Connolly A controversial incident with local hero Dean Cox has him top of West Coast fans' hate lists, but Richmond's Ty Vickery might also give them plenty to worry about from a football perspective on...

AFL mid-season All-Australian team a model of consistency in year of uncertainty

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Season 2015 has been an up-and-down affair for clubs and players alike. But in a year of uncertainty, the very best performers have still stood out.

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AFL 2015: The season's half gone, here's what you may have forgotten

The Magpie formula is coming together nicely under Nathan Buckley.

Rohan Connolly We're halfway through the 2015 AFL season. Here's the highs, lows, the dids and didn'ts, wills and won'ts of the footy year so far.

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The last word with Rohan Connolly from round 11 of the AFL season

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31: Brent Harvey and Robin Nahas of the Kangaroos look dejected after losing the round nine AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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

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North Melbourne and Port Adelaide are premiership pretenders

Port Adelaide players leave the field after losing to Geelong.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide and North Melbourne were top four last year. This season, both might be struggling to even reach the eight. And as for flags, forget it.

Sydney Swans down North Melbourne by 16 points

Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos and Lance Franklin of the Swans wrestle during Saturday's match.

Rohan Connolly Sydney have continued their strong start to the AFL season with an impressive 16-point win over North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

Collingwood v GWS: The fight for finals legitimacy

Dane Swan is brought down in a tackle against the Giants last year.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood and GWS are playing for fourth spot on the AFL ladder on Sunday, but both still have a bit more work to do to convince the sceptics of their finals credentials.

How does footy mend its broken heart?

Collingwood fan 'Joffa'.

Rohan Connolly The AFL is trying to win back a disgruntled fan base. It could do a lot worse in its efforts to do that by having a read of a new book by Collingwood tragic "Joffa" Corfe.

Chris Judd retires: recalling a legend

Chris Judd with the 2006 premiership cup.

Rohan Connolly You always remember the first time you clapped eyes on a player who had something special, whether it's on a big occasion or in a time and place at the other end of the football spectrum.

The Last Word with Rohan Connolly for round 10 of the AFL season

Chris Judd.

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly has his say on the AFL weekend that was.

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More rounded Richmond makes for more serious September tilt

Ivan Maric of the Tigers contests the ruck with Docker Aaron Sandilands

Rohan Connolly Richmond seems a more rounded side in 2015. And perhaps that might give the Tigers a better chance of actually doing something in September should they get there.

Essendon cops a whacking at the hands of Geelong

Andrew Mackie of the Cats is tackled by Jake Melksham and Brendon Goddard of the Bombers.

Rohan Connolly Essendon cops an awful whacking from Geelong, with the Cats winning by 69 points.

Kudos not the goal for West Coast's 150-gamer Josh Kennedy

Josh Kennedy is not only leading the Coleman race, he's also ranked first for marks and disposals inside 50, scoreboard impact and score involvements.

Rohan Connolly For a man leading the Coleman Medal race and continuing to get better, West Coast's Josh Kennedy still seems undervalued. But he'd be the last person to worry about that.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Tony Lockett elevated to Legend status

Tony Lockett in 1993.

Rohan Connolly Adelaide were making a reasonable fist of their first season in AFL company in 1991 when the Crows had a very rude awakening one day down at St Kilda's old Moorabbin home.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Peter Bell inducted

Peter Bell in action for Fremantle in 2008.

Rohan Connolly Part of Fremantle's first AFL list in 1995, he played only two games in the Dockers' first season and was delisted.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Austin Robertson jnr inducted

Austin Robertson in 1966, his season with South Melbourne.

Rohan Connolly His football reputation was earned as a champion full-forward and goalkicker with Subiaco.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Bob Hammond inducted

Bob Hammond in 1996.

Rohan Connolly The former AFL commissioner was a South Australian football legend.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Jason Akermanis inducted

Jason Akermanis in 2004.

Rohan Connolly The 2001 Brownlow medallist became almost as well known for his outspokenness as his football ability.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Neil Roberts inducted

Neil Roberts in 2003.

Rohan Connolly With his blond hair and Hollywood looks, Roberts was one of the original St Kilda glamour boys

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Michael O'Loughlin inducted

Michael O'Loughlin celebrates a goal in his last game in 2009.

Rohan Connolly The clever forward was the first Sydney Swan to reach 300 games and only the third player of indigenous heritage in football history to do so.