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.

Richmond's climb up the AFL ladder one for the record books

Rohan Connolly Richmond's climb up the ladder from 3-10 has not only created football history, but set the Tigers up for further success, regardless of what happens next week.

Essendon coach Mark Thompson at a loss over Bombers' concentration lapses

 Mark Baguley of the Bombers lies on the ground after taking a knock to the head during the match against Carlton.

Rohan Connolly Essendon will get to play its elimination final in Melbourne next week, but coach Mark Thompson remains at a loss to explain the lapses in concentration which saw his team only just scrape out of its...

Drama as Carlton and Essendon play first draw of AFL season in final round

Essendon v Carlton AFL MCG , Dustin Fletcher , Bryce Gibbs and Dyson Heppell fly for a mark
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Sunday the 6th of April 2014

Rohan Connolly The first draw of the year in the AFL came on the penultimate day of a six-month home-and-away season and was probably a fitting result, given that both Carlton and Essendon at one stage had led by...

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Essendon's David Myers came 'pretty close' to giving up on AFL dream

David Myers

Rohan Connolly With his body right and some consistent game time under his belt, Essendon's David Myers is finally delivering on the package the Bombers paid for seven years ago.

How should the Tigers tackle their final hurdle?

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Rohan Connolly Little has changed in Sydney's world since it last played Richmond. But for the Tigers, who haven't lost a game since, it's a lifetime.

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For Geelong, it's not about this year

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Rohan Connolly Geelong won't win the 2014 premiership, but the future remains bright for the Cats.

Essendon's 'incredible' effort to reach the finals: Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson:

Rohan Connolly With his side's spot in the 2014 finals all but booked, Essendon coach Mark Thompson has paid tribute to the mental resolve of his players in overcoming the ongoing distractions of the long-running...

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Bombers all but finals bound after fighting off Gold Coast

Brendon Goddard marks courageously.

Rohan Connolly Perhaps it was a bizarre moment in the second quarter that might have best summed up Essendon's hard-fought win over Gold Coast on Saturday.

Close wins no accident for cool Cats

Geelong

Rohan Connolly Carlton led Geelong by seven points with under five minutes left on the clock last Friday night at Etihad Stadium.

Richmond resurgence rides on Alex Rance's football smarts

Alex Rance.

Rohan Connolly Athletes who can play football are a dime-a-dozen in the AFL age. What’s perhaps at an even greater premium these days are genuine footballers who happen to be athletic.

Fremantle only a tweak or two away from genuine firepower

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Rohan Connolly Sunday's win over Hawthorn proved it won't take much for Fremantle to become a far bigger flag threat.

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Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, noon Monday.

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Brownlow Medal race shaping as a classic with Ablett, Franklin and Heppell in the frame

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Rohan Connolly The contenders are dropping like flies, but this year's Brownlow Medal could still provide a remarkable winner.

Bombers snatch thrilling win against Eagles to finally get a happy ending

Dyson Heppell keeps close tabs on Luke Shuey.

Rohan Connolly If Essendon was looking for some sort of emotional boost at the start of this critical game against West Coast, it couldn't have written a better script than what actually unfolded.

Little celebration after a year of turmoil

Jobe Watson celebrates with David Zaharakis after kicking a goal.

Rohan Connolly After another tumultuous week in the life of his football club, Essendon chairman Paul Little on Saturday was happy to acknowledge an anniversary of sorts.

Blues buoyed by rebuilding of Dale Thomas' tank

Dale Thomas

Rohan Connolly Carlton has much to look forward to in the recent form of high-priced recruit Dale Thomas.

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Match review panel fails the test of common sense

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Rohan Connolly You can pull out any number of examples to illustrate how seriously deficient is the AFL’s current judiciary system, but in the 10 seasons of the match review panel’s operation, 2014 has...

Essendon's task against West Coast now a taller order

Teammates congratulate Dean Cox after he scored in Sunday’s big win against Collingwood.

Rohan Connolly West Coast coach Adam Simpson conceded he had little idea what sort of performance his side was going to produce just before Sunday’s demolition job on Collingwood at Patersons Stadium.

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Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, noon Monday.

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