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

In AFL one thing is certain

Rohan Connolly Yep, uncertainty. So, if your team looks to have copped a tough draw, all is not lost.

AFL

'Messiah' Roos keen to keep it real with Dees

Paul Roos

Rohan Connolly Melbourne supporters know arrival of top coach will not be an instant fix.

AFL

Election of Melbourne captain may take time

Melbourne coach Paul Roos.

Rohan Connolly Melbourne will take its time appointing its captain for 2014 after co-skipper Jack Trengove’s resignation from the post, with new coach Paul Roos still open to the idea of multiple on-field leaders.

AFL

Dees coach lauds boosted midfield stocks

Paul Roos.

Rohan Connolly Paul Roos has lauded Melbourne's success in bolstering its midfield stocks as he prepares to officially oversee the club's 2014 campaign.

AFL

Saints be dazed - again

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly That word ''culture'' seems to be at the centre of discussion when it comes to the Saints.

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Watters sacking: Dermott Brereton launches scathing attack on Saints and Chris Pelchen

Dermott Brereton.

Rohan Connolly Dermott Brereton has launched a scathing attack on St Kilda and in particular its head of football Chris Pelchen for the club's 'pathetic' decision to sack coach Scott Watters on Friday.

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AFL

Fixture: hits 'n' misses

Sherrin football

Rohan Connolly There's a bit of something for everyone in the AFL fixture for 2014, and we're not just talking about the marketing and football departments of the 18 clubs.

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AFL

Test for Blues, Tigers get off lightly

Chris Judd

Rohan Connolly Carlton was the beneficiary of Essendon's stunning expulsion from the 2013 finals series, but the Blues have paid something of a price two months down the track for their good fortune.

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Cut and bruised after a long fall from grace

Tough call: Jordan Gysberts in action for Melbourne against Geelong. He won rave reviews early on.

Rohan Connolly Most players delisted in clubs' annual end-of-season list purges don't raise too many eyebrows.

AFL

'Lame' response on game

Neil Balme

Emma Quayle and Rohan Connolly The timing of the AFL's ''captain's pick'' game would prompt Heath Shaw to ''kindly decline'' any offer to play in it.

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AFL

Don't kill the goose that laid the golden egg

AFL Grand Final 2013 Hawthorn v Fremantle MCG , Hawthorn celebrates winning the 2013 Premiership 
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Saturday the 28th of September 2013

Rohan Connolly It doesn't seem that long ago to some of us that league football was a game played exclusively on Saturday afternoons.

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AFL

Lifetimes of memories and legends depart Windy Hill

New home: Removalists transport the painting <em>When We Played Football</em> at Windy Hill.

Rohan Connolly The Bombers are gone, but it's still sacred ground to fans

AFL

Hawks redeemed, but as a spectacle it wasn't pleasant

Rohan Connolly Redemption always tastes sweet, and particularly so on the grand final stage.

AFL

Freo, no offence but ...

Ross Lyon

Rohan Connolly Defence wins premierships has become a favourite mantra of modern-day football. But it's a simplistic cliche that tells only half the story.

Cool Hawks find path to completion

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

AFL

Cool Hawks find path to completion

Hawthorn celebrates winning the 2013 Premiership

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

AFL

Five of the best

Brian Lake

Rohan Connolly This year we witnessed one of the best defensive games modern grand finals have seen.

GRAND FINAL 2013

Redemption a powerful force as Hawthorn charges to premiership No.11

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn won the contested possession. It won the clearances. It won the tackle count. Unlike last year, when it also dominated most of the key statistical indicators but couldn't convert that edge...

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AFL

Whipped into shape

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn is one club that knows how to turn grand final disappointment into glory the following year.

AFL

Shades of the Baby Bombers for Hawthorn

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn and Essendon don't have a lot in common save a healthy on-field enmity for one another, but there are a few old Bombers who this week might have identified with at least half the Hawks...