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.

West Coast in defensive disarray with Mitch Brown likely to miss rest of season with serious knee injury

Rohan Connolly West Coast's already compromised defensive stocks have been dealt another catastrophic blow with the likely loss of key defender Mitch Brown for the rest of the season.

Gritty Bulldogs eke out narrow win over Eagles

Arms up: West Coast's Jackson Nelson is pressured by Tom Boyd of the Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Rohan Connolly This was a cracking game. Quick. Attacking. Never more than 15 points the difference. Thirteen lead changes. A toss of the coin job.

Pressure on for Collingwood forward support act Jesse White

Jesse White in action during the NAB Challenge match against Hawthorn earlier this year.

Rohan Connolly Needing to step up his own performance as well as take some of the heat from teammate Travis Cloke, the pressure is on for Collingwood's Jesse White.

AFL season 2015: The right stuff

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Rohan Connolly You need a lot of things going right to win an AFL premiership. Or rather, you used to. Because in light of Hawthorn’s second consecutive premiership last year, that’s another football...

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Scoring the goal for Tigers, Blues

Tiger in training Kamdyn McIntosh at training on Wednesday, ahead of Richmond's season-opening game against Carlton.

Rohan Connolly Richmond and Carlton historically have disliked each other intensely, but they've got plenty in common these days. Particularly when it comes to hitting the scoreboard.

The Essendon verdict: Bombers suddenly not so listless

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Rohan Connolly Relief. Joy. Vindication. You could throw in another half-dozen descriptions of the emotions swirling around the Essendon Football Club and their playing list on Tuesday afternoon.

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Carlton's Princes Park ghosts a magical history tour

Carlton historian Tony De Bolfo is taking  Blues fans on

Rohan Connolly It's been 10 years now since Princes Park was last used as an AFL venue, but the stories of Carlton's famous old ground and the supporters who flocked to it continue to emerge.

Collingwood Magpies' Taylor Adams ready to run after breathtaking pre-season

Taylor Adams was seriously considered for a spot in Collingwood's leadership group.

Rohan Connolly Taylor Adams is better-prepared for his second season with Collingwood after a pre-season training program with a big difference.

Collingwood's first draft pick Jordan De Goey in line for early-season selection

Jordan De Goey.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood's first draft pick Jordan De Goey has put himself in the frame for an early and potential round one AFL debut with a pre-season which continues to impress club coaching staff.

Collingwood's Jarryd Blair moves his goals forward

Magpie small forward Jarryd Blair (left) has had a better pre-season.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood little man has come to grips with the realisation that he is a small forward more than an aspiring midfielder.

Collingwood's injury-plagued Ben Reid in frame for season-opener

Set for the season-opener: Ben Reid.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood is hopeful Ben Reid will be part of their line-up for the Magpies' season-opener against Brisbane after the premiership defender emerged unscathed from his first competitive hit-out since...

NAB Challenge: Blues well prepared, says Mick Malthouse

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse talks to his players during a break.

Rohan Connolly As pleased as was Carlton coach Mick Malthouse with any sort of win over his old side Collingwood at Bendigo on Sunday, the veteran coach reckons his team has scored a bigger victory with its...

NAB Challenge: Carlton leave Magpies feeling the blues

Chris Judd of the Blues is tackled by Scott Pendlebury of the Magpies.

Rohan Connolly Carlton proved too good for Collingwood in the NAB Challenge game in Bendigo on a day when the senior men stood out.

AFL season 2015: The mystery of the Tigers

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Rohan Connolly There's a degree of mystery about every club headed into a new AFL season. But less than three weeks out from the start of their 2015 campaign, this year there's just a little more about Richmond.

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North Melbourne's Ben Cunnington fishing for an even bigger catch

Good catch:  Ben Cunnington after a successful day fishing.

Rohan Connolly By his own admission, when it comes to football, Ben Cunnington isn't a great talker. Get him started on fishing, however, and it's a different story.

Kevin Sheedy's return to Essendon is about a man who never stops learning

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Rohan Connolly Former Essendon and GWS coach Kevin Sheedy continues to learn as another chapter in his long football life begins.

NAB Challenge 2015: Knee injuries to Tom Liberatore and Eric Mackenzie spark knee-jerk responses

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Rohan Connolly A painful pun perhaps, but it sure hasn't taken long for the knee-jerk reactions to start after a couple of serious injuries on the first weekend of the NAB Challenge.

Essendon's back-to-back premiership men reach milestone

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Rohan Connolly It's coming up to 30 years since Essendon's famous back-to-back premiership wins of 1984-85, and those who were involved are ready to celebrate in style.

Bomber top-ups land for training

The Age, Sport, picture by Justin McManus. 25/02/2015. Essendon Top players at training for the Nab Challenge. Former Melbourne player James Magner and former Bribane Lion Sam Michael

Rohan Connolly Six of Essendon's top-up players for the NAB Challenge pre-season series had their first training run with their new club on Wednesday night.

Why the AFL needs a bigger, better year

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Rohan Connolly Football finally kicks off for 2015 on Thursday night, and the AFL may need a bigger and better year than it has known.

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