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.

AFL

Hawks extend AFL run over Magpies

Rohan Connolly Nothing can deflate a team that which has worked its heart out to stay in a contest more effectively than a burst of quick goals from its opponent.

AFL

Fremantle formula frustrates foes

Ross Lyon’s Dockers, closing in on the top four, are doing a fair impression of Ali’s rope-a-dope.

Rohan Connolly Ross Lyon’s Dockers, closing in on the top four, are doing a fair impression of Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope.

AFL

Essendon players the pawns in a game of double jeopardy

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Essendon’s decision to pursue a court injunction against the supplements investigation last week was popularly viewed as an attempt to wriggle out of a tight spot on a technicality.

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Low-flying Hawks about to be thrust back into the spotlight

The continued development of Brad Hill (right), seen here celebrating a goal with Ben Ross, has been critical to Hawthorn's contuinued success.

Rohan Connolly It seems absurd that the AFL’s reigning premier, second on the ladder, could somehow manage to fly under the radar, but Hawthorn lately seems to have managed it.

AFL

Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly, noon Monday

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Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly.

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Gap between Essendon and the best is a yawning chasm

Rohan Connolly When ASADA finally delivered those long-promised “show cause” notices to the bulk of Essendon’s senior list last week, an already difficult season for the Bombers became a lot more...

AFL

Damien Hardwick sees improvement in Tigers - but wins and losses the bottom line

Damien Hardwick after the Tigers' lost to Fremantle on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly Richmond coach Damien Hardwick believes his side has improved in recent weeks, but concedes that with the Tigers now just three wins from 12 games and their finals hopes shot to bits, it's difficult...

AFL

Dockers down Tigers by 20 points

Matthew Pavlich celebrates a goal during Fremantle's victory

Rohan Connolly Richmond continued their Jekyll and Hyde act on Saturday at the MCG, where a 20-point loss to Fremantle was equal parts tenacity and turnovers.

AFL

Efficient Fremantle gets the job done against Richmond

Rohan Connolly Fremantle mightn't always be the prettiest side in the AFL to watch, but you have to admire the Dockers' capacity to first absorb opposition pressure then respond with ruthless efficiency on the...

AFL

Hawthorn continues to have the wood on Carlton

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Should Hawthorn defeat Carlton as expected at the MCG on Friday night, the Blues will be handed another unwanted slice of history in an era in which they’ve already had several.

AFL

All-Australian mid-year team an even affair

Rohan Connolly Season 2014 is shaping up as one of the most closely contested in years.

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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly, noon Tuesday

Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly.

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And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly There was a notable absentee from the latest group of Hall of Fame inductees.

AFL

Western Bulldogs' dilemma more than the coach

The Bulldogs have gone backwards even in areas where they were capable last year.

Rohan Connolly Are the Western Bulldogs a potentially good side drastically under-performing, or an ordinary one placed where their talent dictates they should be?

AFL

Bulldogs' season slipping away after yet another defeat

Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney says he has to accept responsibility for his team's showing.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs' season is slipping into disrepair after their sixth loss from their past seven games, to Brisbane at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

AFL

Brisbane Lions pounce as Western Bulldogs lose way

Lion Stefan Martin and Bulldog Will Minson battle in the ruck.

Rohan Connolly All season, the Western Bulldogs have played impressive quarters of football here and there, only to be let down, often in the same game, by others that weren't in the same ball park.

Club greats into Hall of Fame

Inducted: Matthew Richardson.

Rohan Connolly Five champions of the modern era and a Carlton great of the 1940s are the latest inductees into the AFL Hall of Fame.

AFL

Hawthorn picks Luke Lowden for first game after six-year wait

Luke Lowden playing in the VFL in 2012.

Rohan Connolly After a six-year wait, Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden will finally make his AFL debut in Launceston on Saturday against West Coast.

AFL

John Coleman film find is football gold

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Rohan Connolly After this week’s latest inductions, the Australian Football Hall of Fame has 257 members. Of those, 25 are official Legends of the game.

Favourite sons join AFL's exclusive club

Anthony Koutoufides

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly looks at the six who have earned their places in the AFL Hall of Fame.