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.

Port Adelaide ponders the price of a paucity of pressure

Rohan Connolly At 0-2, Port Adelaide don't yet have a crisis on their hands. But they soon might unless they fix some fundamentals pronto.

Richmond's forward issues a familiar tale

Richmond's Ben Griffiths had a quiet day against the Bulldogs.

Rohan Connolly Richmond's disappointing loss to the Western Bulldogs last Saturday revealed a familiar and recurring theme.

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Sam Rowe and Sam Docherty.

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Carlton can't afford to give in to hysteria

Not out of reach: Mick Malthouse and Carlton need time.

Rohan Connolly Knee-jerk reactions aren't going to help Carlton now. The best thing the Blues can do after two losses to start the new football year is to hold the fort.

Two wins from two, Western Bulldogs looking forward to Hawthorn challenge

Good show: Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has a word with Tom Boyd in the rooms after the game.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs are off to a flying start under new coach Luke Beveridge, winning their opening two games for the first time in six years after a hard-fought 19-point victory over Richmond.

Western Bulldogs' bite too tough for Richmond

Tom Boyd takes a strong mark during the Dogs' victory.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs have continued their AFL revitalisation under new coach Luke Beveridge by downing Richmond at the MCG.

Road to milestone long but worth the wait for St Kilda's Luke Delaney

Motivated: Luke Delaney decided to jump from North Melbourne when he still could.

Rohan Connolly It's taken seven seasons and two clubs, but on Saturday night St Kilda key defender Luke Delaney finally gets to celebrate his 50th game of AFL football.

The legend of Essendon's Leon Baker, the accidental footballer

Leon Baker: an iconic Essendon player.

Rohan Connolly Dual Essendon premiership player Leon Baker is a famous grand final figure, yet one whose story has rarely been told.

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Reaction the key to round one thrashing for North Melbourne, Geelong and the brothers Scott

A crestfallen Magpies team after round one in 2014, following a 70-point mauling by Fremantle.

Rohan Connolly It didn't take long for social media to start cranking out the memes after Hawthorn had wiped the floor with Geelong on Easter Monday.

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Elated: Dom Tyson and Sam Frost celebrate.

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Melbourne finally put the score on the board

Elated: Dom Tyson and Sam Frost celebrate.

Rohan Connolly When the final siren rang at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, it announced Melbourne's first opening-round AFL victory for 10 years and nine days.

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

West Coast's Mitch Brown is taken from the ground after he injured his knee during the match against the Western Bulldogs on Saturday.

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

Rohan Connolly

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.