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.

North Melbourne coach says staging hurts Lindsay Thomas's reputation

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has admitted forward Lindsay Thomas's reputation in the football world doesn't match his performance because of his staging for free kicks.

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Cats keep cool heads in win over Kangaroos

Michael Firrito of the Kangaroos tackles Shane Kersten of the Cats during Saturday night's game.

Rohan Connolly Geelong might not be quite the powerhouse it was a few seasons ago, but you still need to be right on your game to beat the Cats.

Cats and Roos at home under the Etihad roof

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Rohan Connolly Much is made of Geelong’s record at its Simonds Stadium home, and rightly so, the Cats having won a phenomenal 54 of their past 57 games at their headquarters over the last eight years.

AFL

Writing on the wall for Carlton's Robert Warnock

Injury has provided Warnock with some pretty low moments in his eight-year AFL career.

Rohan Connolly For most of this season, given Carlton has already spent much of that time out of finals contention, the Blues’ army of fans have been left with little to ponder other than the state of their...

AFL

Collingwood's conundrum: Time's in short supply if you are a Magpie

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Rohan Connolly Collingwood is always a victim of bloated expectations. A football club with a massive membership, huge following and the game’s most outspoken president guarantees headlines whether it’s...

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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly, midday

Alex Woodward of the Hawks celebrates his debut game.

Rohan Connolly The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, answers all your footy questions.

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Hawks' 12th flag could be their best

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Rohan Connolly It goes without saying Hawthorn is the most successful club of football’s last 50 years, 10 of its 11 premierships won since 1971, a strike rate of one flag every 4.

AFL

Hawthorn proved catalyst for Lance Franklin finding form

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Rohan Connolly If a week is a long time in football, three months might as well be a lifetime - more than enough for the most sweeping of statements to be forgotten.

AFL

Sydney's balance still getting the job done

Balance and consistency continue to pervade virtually every aspect of Sydney’s on-field operation.

Rohan Connolly Sydney could hardly be better-placed for a tilt at a third premiership in 10 seasons than it is right now.

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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

Geelong's finals credentials.

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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Current Cats won't cut it in finals

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Rohan Connolly Geelong coach Chris Scott says the Cats are a “glass half-full” football club.

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Saints' stunning upset a big blow to Fremantle's finals ambitions

Nick Surban (left) and Tendai Mzungu of the Dockers tackle Luke Delaney of the Saints.

Rohan Connolly It was the upset of the season. And for Fremantle, Saturday's shock 58-point thrashing at the hands of St Kilda has the potential to prove the disaster of the season.

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Bottom-placed Saints stun Fremantle in upset of the season

What a win: Nick Riewold and Leigh Montagna.

Rohan Connolly St Kilda has given Lenny Hayes the perfect retirement present with a staggering 58-point win over Fremantle.

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Maxwell's smarts deserve a fairer hearing from footy folk

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Rohan Connolly Over the past couple of years, there’s been two guaranteed methods of getting football fans to unleash torrents of venom about something not connected to their club.

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Backline still the key to Bombers' new bounce

On the rise: Essendon players at training.

Rohan Connolly At the start of this season, Essendon tried hard to have the focus turned away from its involvement in the ASADA saga and towards its football.

AFL

Essendon's win over Collingwood has major ramifications for finals

Essendon champion Dustin Fletcher may well play another AFL season in 2015.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood is now in serious danger of missing finals action for the first time since 2005.

AFL

Brian Taylor affair: time to call out casual bigotry

Taylor apologises over 'big poofter' remark (Thumbnail)

Rohan Connolly You couldn’t escape the irony on Saturday night of the news that one of Australia’s greatest sporting heroes Ian Thorpe had publicly revealed his homosexuality coinciding with an AFL...

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Demons fall into familiar pattern of 'here we go again', says Roos

Demon Jack Grimes arrives a fraction too late to tackle Geelong's Steven Motlop.

Rohan Connolly Geelong has made short work of Melbourne at the MCG but missed a golden opportunity to close the big percentage gap on its rivals for a top-four berth.

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Geelong's second-term burst makes dominance really count

Cameron Guthrie attempts to scoop up the ball

Rohan Connolly Melbourne was still within three goals of Geelong as the quarter-time siren rang at the MCG on Saturday, but seldom this season will an ostensibly gettable defecit prove as deceptive as this one did.

AFL

It's official, Jason Dunstall's a true Hawks legend

Jason Dunstall loved the chase, the tackle and the assist every bit as much as a goal.

Rohan Connolly When it came to the business of playing for a successful club in its greatest era, Jason Dunstall's timing couldn't have been better.