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.

Desperate Crows swing the axe for Sydney clash

Rohan Connolly Adelaide, still without a win after two rounds, has made five changes to its side for Saturday's big test against an equally desperate Sydney.

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Sam Mitchell back to boost Hawks

Sam Mitchell.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn's undersized defence has turned to fringe player Matt Spangher for help as the Hawks prepare to take on Fremantle in Friday night's rematch of last year's grand final at the MCG.

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Free kicks down, common sense up

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly There's some rich irony about the start to the AFL season which won't have escaped those running the show at league headquarters.

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Perfect storm forms over AFL

Rohan Connolly Potting the AFL has always been a popular pastime, but the league is currently copping a hammering - unprecedented even by its standards.

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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

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

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AFL crowds voting with their feet

Not even a quarter of the MCG was occupied during the round 2 match between Melbourne and West Coast.

Rohan Connolly AFL fans are continuing to vote with their feet about the AFL's new variable pricing for games, with lower-than-expected crowds again a theme in round two of the new season.

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly It was late February when AFL football operations boss Mark Evans said he believed the league had “come a long way” with its score review system.

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Time for AFL to heed fans' anger over ticket prices

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Rohan Connolly The AFL hasn't been slow to give itself a pat on the back about the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval.

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St Kilda coach a rap for Riewoldt again

Alan Richardson talks to his players during a break.

Rohan Connolly For a second consecutive week, new St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has paid tribute to his veteran captain Nick Riewoldt, after the five-time best and fairest winner dragged his team over the line...

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St Kilda holds out determined GWS Giants

Nick Riewoldt.

Rohan Connolly A brilliant five-goal display from Nick Riewoldt has helped St Kilda outlast the improving Greater Western Sydney by seven pointsat Etihad Stadium.

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St Kilda survives then thrives to edge out GWS

Rohan Connolly The first quarter of this game provided plenty of entertaining, open football. If round one had shown the fighting qualities of both the Giants and Saints, the first stanza of each side's next...

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

Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly AND WHILE I’M AT IT …