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.


Jackson confident Dees can return to the black

Peter Jackson.

Rohan Connolly Melbourne chief executive says he is hopeful club can return to the black in 2014 after signing new major sponsor.


National AFL draft is still a lottery

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly It's national draft time, which means next Thursday you're likely to hear as many football superlatives as you could thrust a bigger and better Oxford dictionary at.


Patrick Karnezis fulfils a boyhood dream by playing for Collingwood

Patrick Karnezis

Rohan Connolly Former Brisbane Lion Patrick Karnezis feels right at home in the black-and-white stripes.


Saints pay Port to get Richardson

Alan Richardson

Rohan Connolly It took a day of haggling over compensation for a rival's loss of a director of coaching, but St Kilda late on Thursday got its man when it announced its new senior coach as long-time assistant Alan...


Self-made man who finally gets his chance to star

Alan Richardson

Rohan Connolly The experience of coaching at six previous AFL clubs and in a variety of roles has given Alan Richardson one of the caper's most solid CVs.


Bombers chairman Paul Little dismisses ASADA infraction talk

Essendon's Paul Little

Rohan Connolly Essendon AFL chairman Paul Little has rubbished reports some players could be facing infraction notices from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, and possible suspensions.


Mark Thompson says Essendon must regain respect

Mark Thompson.

Rohan Connolly New Bombers coach wants his team and club to do things well in 2014, but after the shame of the supplements scandal, he's placing an even higher priority on doing things right.

Bomber bill a 'misunderstanding'

Bill Farr colour illustration .

Rohan Connolly Essendon coach Mark Thompson has used personal experience to defend two of his players who were involved in an incident at an Albert Park restaurant last weekend.


Bomber looking for the right stuff

Essendon's Mark Thompson Listens to Paul Little during the presser .13th November 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Rohan Connolly Essendon coach wants to do well in 2014, but priority is to do things right.


Carlton's Dale Thomas confident he'll play round one

Dale Thomas.

Rohan Connolly Carlton recruit Dale Thomas says he has no idea why his former club Collingwood have doubts over his playing future and he's confident his ankle problems won't stop him playing in round one.


Podsiadly ready for new start with Crows

James Podsiadly.

Rohan Connolly James Podsiadly has a bit of a head start on his peers when it comes to any butterflies which might be associated with joining a new club at a more senior age than most recruits.


Players may leave, but fans stick with their AFL clubs

Sydney Swans player Lance Buddy Franklin in the Emirates marquee at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

Rohan Connolly No image has ever spoken more poignantly about the connection between a professional footballer of any code and a club than a moment at Old Trafford in late April of 1974.

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In AFL one thing is certain

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Yep, uncertainty. So, if your team looks to have copped a tough draw, all is not lost.


'Messiah' Roos keen to keep it real with Dees

Paul Roos

Rohan Connolly Melbourne supporters know arrival of top coach will not be an instant fix.


Election of Melbourne captain may take time

Melbourne coach Paul Roos.

Rohan Connolly Melbourne will take its time appointing its captain for 2014 after co-skipper Jack Trengove’s resignation from the post, with new coach Paul Roos still open to the idea of multiple on-field leaders.


Dees coach lauds boosted midfield stocks

Paul Roos.

Rohan Connolly Paul Roos has lauded Melbourne's success in bolstering its midfield stocks as he prepares to officially oversee the club's 2014 campaign.


Saints be dazed - again

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly That word ''culture'' seems to be at the centre of discussion when it comes to the Saints.

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Watters sacking: Dermott Brereton launches scathing attack on Saints and Chris Pelchen

Dermott Brereton.

Rohan Connolly Dermott Brereton has launched a scathing attack on St Kilda and in particular its head of football Chris Pelchen for the club's 'pathetic' decision to sack coach Scott Watters on Friday.

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Fixture: hits 'n' misses

Sherrin football

Rohan Connolly There's a bit of something for everyone in the AFL fixture for 2014, and we're not just talking about the marketing and football departments of the 18 clubs.

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Test for Blues, Tigers get off lightly

Chris Judd

Rohan Connolly Carlton was the beneficiary of Essendon's stunning expulsion from the 2013 finals series, but the Blues have paid something of a price two months down the track for their good fortune.

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