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.

Hawks and Tigers footy's ships in the night

Hawk David Hale and Tiger Shaun Hampson do battle in the ruck

Rohan Connolly Richmond have managed to upset Hawthorn on a couple of occasions in recent times. Not that it's easy to remember given how infrequently they seem to play each other.

Western Bulldogs' depth defies the doubters

Under-performing: Tom Boyd of the Bulldogs.

Rohan Connolly As the Western Bulldogs creep into contention for a top-four berth, it's their remarkable evenness of talent across the list which is becoming a very handy weapon indeed.

AFL can't compete with the game of globalisation

International Champion Cup

Rohan Connolly There's been much debate about the attractiveness of AFL football lately. But the game might have a bigger obstacle in its path. And it's one over which the league has precious little control.

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And while I'm at it

Rohan Connolly There seemed to be a bit more angst than usual (which is saying something) about umpiring over the weekend, with a series of contentious free kicks over a number of games dissected at length by...

Time for AFL coaches to show some courage

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Rohan Connolly As debate about the state of the game continues, perhaps it's time we began to demand as much courage from our coaches as we do of our players.

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Essendon v Port Adelaide: Patrick Ryder leaves Bombers lamenting

Patrick Ryder

Rohan Connolly At three-quarter time on Saturday night, Paddy Ryder's return to an old stamping ground to take on his old side was one he probably preferred to put behind him.

AFL crowds up but TV viewers switch off

Australia-wide, taking in telecasts on both the free-to-air Seven network and pay television's Fox Footy, TV audience numbers are down by nine per cent.

Rohan Connolly The delicate balance between football's live and television audiences has been underlined by figures showing that, while AFL crowds in Melbourne are up marginally on last season, TV audiences for...

End of an era for footy at the Junction Oval

Fred Fanning,

Rohan Connolly It's been more than 30 years since league football was last played at the Junction Oval. But the game itself has maintained a presence at the ground and in the hearts of many football fans.

Perfect storm engulfing the AFL's heartland

Empty seats at the MCG during an AFL game.

Rohan Connolly The worrying signs for AFL football just keep coming. If it's not the way the game looks, it's how many people are turning up to watch it in the once heartland of the code.

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Hawthorn 2015: the best model yet?

Winners are grinners: Hawks sing the club song after trouncing Sydney on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn have played some outstanding football for a good four years straight now. But is this the best this generation of Hawks have ever played?

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Scoreboard looks sick for Sydney Swans

Kurt Tippett struggled against the Hawks.

Rohan Connolly Sydney won enough key statistical indicators against Hawthorn, but were smashed on the scoreboard. Clearly, the Swans have some significant structural issues.

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West Coast Eagles fly away from undermanned Collingwood

Bursting through: Jamie Cripps of the Eagles.

Rohan Connolly Already missing their second-highest goalkicker Jamie Elliott, Collingwood were going to need everything going right to have a chance against West Coast on Saturday night.

West Coast coach Adam Simpson teaches Eagles to earn the plaudits

Eagles coach Adam Simpson.

Rohan Connolly Adam Simpson's West Coast sit second on the ladder with an 11-3 record. But the sceptics still need some convincing of the club's premiership credentials. And so does the coach.

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

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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.