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.

Bomber top-ups land for training

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


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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Carlton coach Mick Malthouse wants shorter AFL games

Mick Malthouse: 'It's been very difficult [since leaving], very strange.'

Rohan Connolly Carlton coach Mick Malthouse believes AFL games are too long and should be reduced to no more than 90 minutes of playing time.

Carlton will have to make do without Matthew Kreuzer, says Mick Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Carlton coach Mick Malthouse isn’t hiding his disappointment at another serious injury to big man Matthew Kreuzer, but says the Blues, like last year, will simply have to make do in his absence.

Mick Malthouse says he still has plenty of coaching left in him

Mick Malthouse: 'I'm still not satisfied one little bit with my career'.

Rohan Connolly Poised to break Jock McHale's coaching record and already with three coaching premierships to his name, Mick Malthouse says he's still not satisfied, and that for him there's still a mountain to...

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says Dockers determined to write their own story

Ross Lyon in a serious mood this week.

Rohan Connolly Fremantle coach Ross Lyon doesn't bother with popular perceptions. The Dockers, he says, will write their own story in 2015.

Fremantle reviews recruiting after exiling Colin Sylvia to local league

Colin Sylvia during pre-season training for Fremantle Dockers.

Rohan Connolly Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says the club is reviewing its recruiting processes after having banished former Melbourne star Colin Sylvia to WAFL club Peel Thunder for failing to meet expectations about...

Carlton big man Matthew Kreuzer marches forward

Matthew Kreuzer at training.

Rohan Connolly As Carlton completed its final session of training before the Christmas break on Monday, big man Matthew Kreuzer stood out even more than usual.

Wretched run with injury continues for Collingwood's Ben Reid

Injured: Collingwood's Ben Reid.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood key defender Ben Reid's wretched luck with injury continues.

Homecoming still hard work for Brisbane Lions' star recruit Dayne Beams

Men at work: Beams with teammates at the training camp in Noosa.

Rohan Connolly Former Collingwood star and Copeland Trophy winner Dayne Beams is back in his native Queensland. But while joining Brisbane has represented a homecoming, after six years in Melbourne there’s...

Ex-Cat Allen Christensen makes a new home in the north

On location: Former Cat Allen Christensen (left) and new Lions teammate Matt Maguire at Brisbane's training camp
at Noosa.

Rohan Connolly Having settled into his new AFL home at Brisbane after a bumpy departure from Geelong, Allen Christensen is happy once again.

Brisbane training camp proves hard to stomach

Gruelling: Brisbane Lions players push a truck out of sand on their pre-season camp.

Rohan Connolly AFL players fully expect to have their endurance pushed to the limit on pre-season training camps, not so much the resilience of their stomachs.

Football focus pays off for North Melbourne

Ben Brown of the Kangaroos celebrates a goal

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne's most successful season on the field since 2007 has been mirrored off it, the Kangaroos finishing the year with an operating profit of more than $400,000.

A case of trading places for Essendon recruit Shaun McKernan

New recruit: Essendon's Shaun McKernan.

Rohan Connolly Football can be a game of swings and roundabouts. And Essendon, and particularly their new recruit Shaun McKernan, now know a little better just how much.

Essendon supplements saga: Losers all round as ASADA saga set to end with whimper

Key players... (from left) James Hird, Stephen Dank and Dean Robinson

Rohan Connolly For a story that began with one of the biggest bangs Australian sport has seen, the Essendon supplements saga appears set to conclude with one almighty whimper.

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Geelong another home away from home for Gregson

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Rohan Connolly For most young footballers, being drafted by an AFL club is just the start of a journey. But for Geelong’s Cory Gregson, this is just the latest in a sporting story that already has several...

New club, new allegiances for Hawthorn draftees

Hawk draftees (from left): Teia Miles, Marc Pittonet and Daniel Howe.

Rohan Connolly Three Hawthorn draftees ponder the beginning of an AFL career and the end of some old emotional attachments.

Carlton go back to Blue basics with 2015 jumper

Bryce Gibbs poses as he unveils Carlton's guernsey for 2015.

Rohan Connolly Carlton hasn't been able to match the heights they reached during the golden days of the 1970s and 80s for some time now. But at least in 2015, the Blues will be looking a lot more like they used to.

Essendon's Mark Baguley rides the football wave

Mark Baguley cuts a mean figure while surfing.

Rohan Connolly Whether it's a training session, the dying moments of a critical game or tackling a dangerous wave at a remote surfing location, Essendon defender Mark Baguley approaches every task with full-on...

Essendon board candidate calls for James Hird's head

James Hird leaves court earlier this month.

Rohan Connolly As voting for two positions on Essendon’s board of directors begins, one candidate has declared his opposition to James Hird remaining coach of the club.

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