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.

Collingwood v GWS: The fight for finals legitimacy

Rohan Connolly Collingwood and GWS are playing for fourth spot on the AFL ladder on Sunday, but both still have a bit more work to do to convince the sceptics of their finals credentials.

How does footy mend its broken heart?

Collingwood fan 'Joffa'.

Rohan Connolly The AFL is trying to win back a disgruntled fan base. It could do a lot worse in its efforts to do that by having a read of a new book by Collingwood tragic "Joffa" Corfe.

Chris Judd retires: recalling a legend

Chris Judd with the 2006 premiership cup.

Rohan Connolly You always remember the first time you clapped eyes on a player who had something special, whether it's on a big occasion or in a time and place at the other end of the football spectrum.

The Last Word with Rohan Connolly for round 10 of the AFL season

Chris Judd.

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly has his say on the AFL weekend that was.

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More rounded Richmond makes for more serious September tilt

Ivan Maric of the Tigers contests the ruck with Docker Aaron Sandilands

Rohan Connolly Richmond seems a more rounded side in 2015. And perhaps that might give the Tigers a better chance of actually doing something in September should they get there.

Essendon cops a whacking at the hands of Geelong

Andrew Mackie of the Cats is tackled by Jake Melksham and Brendon Goddard of the Bombers.

Rohan Connolly Essendon cops an awful whacking from Geelong, with the Cats winning by 69 points.

Kudos not the goal for West Coast's 150-gamer Josh Kennedy

Josh Kennedy is not only leading the Coleman race, he's also ranked first for marks and disposals inside 50, scoreboard impact and score involvements.

Rohan Connolly For a man leading the Coleman Medal race and continuing to get better, West Coast's Josh Kennedy still seems undervalued. But he'd be the last person to worry about that.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Tony Lockett elevated to Legend status

Tony Lockett in 1993.

Rohan Connolly Adelaide were making a reasonable fist of their first season in AFL company in 1991 when the Crows had a very rude awakening one day down at St Kilda's old Moorabbin home.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Peter Bell inducted

Peter Bell in action for Fremantle in 2008.

Rohan Connolly Part of Fremantle's first AFL list in 1995, he played only two games in the Dockers' first season and was delisted.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Austin Robertson jnr inducted

Austin Robertson in 1966, his season with South Melbourne.

Rohan Connolly His football reputation was earned as a champion full-forward and goalkicker with Subiaco.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Bob Hammond inducted

Bob Hammond in 1996.

Rohan Connolly The former AFL commissioner was a South Australian football legend.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Jason Akermanis inducted

Jason Akermanis in 2004.

Rohan Connolly The 2001 Brownlow medallist became almost as well known for his outspokenness as his football ability.

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Neil Roberts inducted

Neil Roberts in 2003.

Rohan Connolly With his blond hair and Hollywood looks, Roberts was one of the original St Kilda glamour boys

Australian Football Hall of Fame 2015: Michael O'Loughlin inducted

Michael O'Loughlin celebrates a goal in his last game in 2009.

Rohan Connolly The clever forward was the first Sydney Swan to reach 300 games and only the third player of indigenous heritage in football history to do so.

Eagles fly again and prove the professional doubters wrong

Shannon Hurn leads the Eagles in singing the club song after they defeated Geelong on Sunday.

Rohan Connolly Hell hath no fury like a lover scorned, and in football terms, that's kind of how things have been for West Coast these past few years, at least among the game's professional observers.

The last word with Rohan Connolly from round nine of the AFL season

Jobe Watson, Joe Daniher and James Hird watch the game from the sidelines.

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly has his say on the AFL weekend that was. Join the conversation from midday on Monday.

Essendon need to deal with some harsh home truths

Jake Carlisle is leading a

Rohan Connolly Essendon has already paid a hefty price for the supplements scandal. But a couple of by-products of the saga could prove just as damaging to the Dons as the threat of suspensions.

The 10 best performances of Essendon full-back Dustin Fletcher

Essendon's Dustin Fletcher.

Rohan Connolly In Saturday night's annual Dreamtime clash, 40-year-old Dustin Fletcher becomes just the third man to play 400 games alongside Michael Tuck and Kevin Bartlett.

Back to the Walls: a familiar tale of turmoil for Carlton

Rescue job: A fresh-faced Rohan Connolly (background right) is on the spot for Alex Jesaulenko's return in 1989.

Rohan Connolly The old French proverb that the more things change, the more they stay the same might seem particularly apt for Carlton this week.

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury leads his team forward

Rohan Connolly Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury's 200th game was one of his finest. But this time it was as much about the goals he generated as the possessions he picked up.