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.

Brisbane training camp proves hard to stomach

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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Nick Riewoldt closes in on more St Kilda history

Nick Riewoldt has signed a contract extension taking him to the end of 2016.

Rohan Connolly St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt could finish his career behind only Robert Harvey as the Saints' games record holder after committing to the club for another two seasons.

Geelong's Daniel Menzel hopeful but still cautious about an AFL return in 2015

'There's still a lot of work to go, but at the moment it's progressing along nicely.'

Rohan Connolly Luckless Geelong forward Daniel Menzel is hopeful but still cautious about the prospect of a return to AFL football in 2015.

Heritier Lumumba says Collingwood farewell speech not ideal

Heritier Lumumba speaks to the media on Friday.

Rohan Connolly Heritier Lumumba concedes his farewell speech to Collingwood didn’t come out quite the way he wanted.

I'm no AFL plant, says Essendon board candidate Jason Cunningham

Rohan Connolly Essendon board candidate Jason Cunningham has penned an open letter to club members in an attempt to dispel fears that he and running mate Ron Gauci are "an AFL plant".

Bomber board candidates go for grass roots approach

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Rohan Connolly Grass roots campaigning has achieved much in the political sphere recently. Now two candidates for the Essendon board hope the strategy can prove as effective in the football world.

Luke Beveridge's first task as Bulldogs coach is to find a captain

Former Hawks assistant coach and new Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs finally have a coach for 2015. And one of Luke Beveridge’s first tasks in his new job will be to appoint a new captain.

Matthew Lloyd returns to Essendon as goalkicking coach

Matthew Lloyd.

Rohan Connolly Former Essendon champion full-forward Matthew Lloyd is returning to his old club as a specialist goalkicking coach.

North Melbourne's Daniel Wells hopes to get jump on the competition

Daniel Wells.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne veteran Daniel Wells isn't required back at training for a couple of weeks, but on Monday he'll be getting a pre-season head start, joining a handful of other senior teammates at the...

Essendon's coolest heads are those under the most heat


Rohan Connolly It's ironic that as Essendon stumbles through another major issue, it's those who've been under the most pressure - James Hird and his players - who have kept the coolest heads.

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AFL relaxes restrictions on cheer squad flag sizes

Geelong fan Troy West, aka Catman, celebrates with other cheer squad members.

Rohan Connolly Traditional football fans have had another victory of sorts with the AFL lifting restrictions on the size of cheer squad flags at the MCG.

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Back to the future a good move for footy fans

The AFL could do with these vacant seats being filled in the 2015 season.

Rohan Connolly The AFL is making a good start in its bid to win back disenchanted fans with some basic measures. And there's plenty more the league can still do.

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