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.

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Slim pickings for traditional AFL spearheads

Buddy Franklin

Rohan Connolly With a continued emphasis on defence, there's a popular perception that AFL football has become a significantly lower-scoring scrap than it used to be.

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Sydney loses its appetite for the hard slog

A despondent Kieren Jack after the Swans' 43-point loss to North Melbourne.

Rohan Connolly In the gloom of a 1-3 start to a season in which many pundits tipped Sydney to win another premiership, there’s at least one statistic from which the Swans can take heart.

AFL

Message for Carlton: no messiahs in the modern game

Carlton Football Club.

Rohan Connolly Carlton is a club with major issues at several levels. Its players lack fight and on-field direction.

AFL

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly DON’T FORGET THE DEMONS

Loss has Tigers chasing tail

Nathan Gordon of the Tigers is tackled by Matthew Boyd of the Bulldogs.

Rohan Connolly After only three rounds, Richmond is already facing an uphill battle to stay in touch with the top of the AFL ladder at 1-2 and facing a challenging next month.

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Surprise-packet Saints make strong statement to start AFL season

Pressure: The Saints Luke Dunstan gets his handball away
from West Coast’s Cullum Sinclair.

Rohan Connolly Perception often lags behind reality in AFL football, and in the case of Sunday's game between St Kilda and Adelaide, seemingly about three weeks behind.

Adam Simpson's new state of mind

Eagles coach Adam Simpson.

Rohan Connolly Adam Simpson has been in Perth for six months now, but it didn't take nearly that long to work out how proud the locals are about their home state.

AFL

Free kicks down, common sense up

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly There's some rich irony about the start to the AFL season which won't have escaped those running the show at league headquarters.

Desperate Crows swing the axe for Sydney clash

The Crows train.

Rohan Connolly Adelaide, still without a win after two rounds, has made five changes to its side for Saturday's big test against an equally desperate Sydney.

AFL

Sam Mitchell back to boost Hawks

Sam Mitchell.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn's undersized defence has turned to fringe player Matt Spangher for help as the Hawks prepare to take on Fremantle in Friday night's rematch of last year's grand final at the MCG.

AFL

Western Bulldogs hold off Richmond to record first win of 2014

Jack Macrae collected a game-high 30 possessions.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs have let a 37-point advantage slip before booting the final goal to score a two-point upset win over Richmond.

AFL

Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

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

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Luke Ablett's island of ideals

Luke Ablett during his playing days in 2009.

Rohan Connolly Luke Ablett played 133 games for Sydney and was a member of its drought-breaking 2005 premiership side. His surname speaks for itself, a part of one of the game's most revered families.

AFL

St Kilda coach a rap for Riewoldt again

Alan Richardson talks to his players during a break.

Rohan Connolly For a second consecutive week, new St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has paid tribute to his veteran captain Nick Riewoldt, after the five-time best and fairest winner dragged his team over the line...

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly It was late February when AFL football operations boss Mark Evans said he believed the league had “come a long way” with its score review system.

AFL

AFL crowds voting with their feet

Not even a quarter of the MCG was occupied during the round 2 match between Melbourne and West Coast.

Rohan Connolly AFL fans are continuing to vote with their feet about the AFL's new variable pricing for games, with lower-than-expected crowds again a theme in round two of the new season.

AFL

Time for AFL to heed fans' anger over ticket prices

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly The AFL hasn't been slow to give itself a pat on the back about the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval.

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AFL

Perfect storm forms over AFL

Rohan Connolly Potting the AFL has always been a popular pastime, but the league is currently copping a hammering - unprecedented even by its standards.

AFL

Beating the bogey the challenge for Tigers, Dons and Swans

Scoot with the loot: Carlton's Chris Judd has enjoyed some fun at the Tigers' expense in recent years. Training for the big game looks pretty cool too.

Rohan Connolly By popular consensus this is the weekend which should have launched the AFL season. Round two is a cracker, full of big games and great rivalries.

AFL

Richmond loses Alex Rance to injury for clash with Carlton

Alex Rance (left), seen here preventing Melbourne's Cameron Pedersen from getting the ball, will miss the game against Carlton.

Rohan Connolly Richmond has lost key defender Alex Rance to injury but restored feisty small forward Jake King to its line-up for the clash with nemesis Carlton.