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

Alastair Clarkson sees some of the Cats about Mark Thompson's Essendon

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he can already see some signs Essendon is playing a game like the Geelong teams coached by his opposite number Mark Thompson.

AFL

No regrets on Dayle Garlett, says Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson

Should Dayle Garlett want to play WAFL weekend, there is nothing in the rules stopping him from doing so.

Rohan Connolly, Tom Atkinson In what would be a huge coup for the WAFL, Dayle Garlett could play for Swan Districts as early as this Saturday afternoon against East Perth.

AFL

Richmond loses Alex Rance to injury for clash with Carlton

Alex Rance (left), seen here preventing Melbourne's Cameron Pedersen from getting the ball, will miss the game against Carlton.

Rohan Connolly Richmond has lost key defender Alex Rance to injury but restored feisty small forward Jake King to its line-up for the clash with nemesis Carlton.

AFL

Beating the bogey the challenge for Tigers, Dons and Swans

Scoot with the loot: Carlton's Chris Judd has enjoyed some fun at the Tigers' expense in recent years. Training for the big game looks pretty cool too.

Rohan Connolly By popular consensus this is the weekend which should have launched the AFL season. Round two is a cracker, full of big games and great rivalries.

AFL

For Hawthorn's Luke Breust, goals are the gimmick

Jarryd Roughead (left) lines up behind Luke Breust in Launceston as he prepares to kick a goal in the match against the Lions on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly When Hawthorn's Luke Breust reaches into his bag of tricks, he has one goal in mind - scoring.

AFL

What happened to the Hird-Archer Medal?

James Hird.

Rohan Connolly Such was the fervour surrounding the latest outbreak of controversy regarding suspended Essendon coach James Hird that it was perhaps surprising nobody seemed to notice something missing from last...

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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

Nick Riewoldt

Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, from 12 noon Monday.

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AFL

Nick Riewoldt: more plaudits please for St Kilda skipper

Nick Riewoldt shares Eli Templeton’s joy at his first goal.

Rohan Connolly Over 14 seasons and 260 AFL games, Nick Riewoldt has delivered performances more eye-catching than Saturday night's effort for St Kilda against Melbourne.

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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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly

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

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AFL

Expansion day no horror movie

Rohan Connolly

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

AFL

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.