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.

AFL grand final 2014: Hawthorn pride produces another premiership

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn is a club with enormous pride. Now it's also a club with two lots of back-to-back flags among its dozen premierships. And those two points are inextricably woven.

The greatest of them all in the AFL?

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Rohan Connolly As Sydney and Hawthorn meet in Saturday’s grand final, there’s, as usual, a premiership cup on offer to reward nearly 12 months of hard work.

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Hawthorn and Sydney need their lesser lights to shine in grand final

Rohan Connolly The big names will have their say, but the premiership may be decided by how much the Hawks and Swans can get from their less-heralded players.

AFL grand final: Rohan Connolly rates Sydney and Hawthorn

Hawks v Swans

Rohan Connolly Sydney and Hawthorn: the elite, the core group and the bottom six

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Sydney seems set to take another flag home

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Rohan Connolly Cream rises to the top as the season’s best two clubs face off in the grand final.

Hawthorn and Sydney: it's grand to see you again

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Rohan Connolly The Swans and Hawks have already set the grand final bar high.

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Kick straight or lose?

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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Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley praises his warriors but says they still have to get better

Ken Hinkley talks to his players during a break in the game.

Rohan Connolly A proud Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley lauded the efforts of his young side which came so close to a grand final berth on Saturday night, but also warned that the Power would need to keep improving...

Port Adelaide powers back from MCG nightmare against Hawthorn

John Butcher (left) of the Power leaves the field with teammates with the scoreboard showing the Port's 165-point loss.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide goes into Saturday night's preliminary final against Hawthorn at the MCG not having met the Hawks there since the low point in its AFL history three years ago. Much has changed.

Once a sad case, Sydney became a September specialist

The Swans and Kangaroos battle out the 1996 grand final.

Rohan Connolly When Sydney plays North Melbourne in Friday night's preliminary final, memories of a much darker chapter in the Swans' history will be revived.

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North Melbourne on a roll.

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

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A few flutters for the flag favourites

Ollie Wines played a pivotal role in Port Adelaide's semi-final win.

Rohan Connolly Recent finals history has been turned on its head. And now Port Adelaide and North Melbourne go into their preliminary finals with plenty of momentum.

Sydney should be too consistent for the Roos in preliminary final

Sydney is favoured to figure in a second grand final in three years.

Rohan Connolly The last time Sydney and North Melbourne clashed in September produced one of the more forgettable finals in recent AFL history. We can expect a lot more this time around.

The greatest game of all: Geelong v North Melbourne 1994

Gary Ablett is besieged by teammates Michael Mansfield (left) and Garry Hocking (right) after kicking the match winning goal.

Rohan Connolly It's 20 years since Geelong beat North Melbourne in a finals classic so good it might just be the greatest game of football ever played.

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Nat Fyfe and Travis Boak save their best for the best

Travis Boak and Nat Fyfe

Rohan Connolly Fremantle's Nat Fyfe and Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak are two of the best players in the AFL. But never more so than when they're playing against the best teams in the competition.

Baby, what a week for North Melbourne coach Brad Scott

Brad Scott  with Brent Harvey at training last month.

Rohan Connolly The demands on an AFL coach's time are extraordinary enough during the regular season and even more so when his team is involved in finals, let alone when he's also just become a father for the first...

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Essendon out.

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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History makes it hard for Port Adelaide against Fremantle

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Rohan Connolly Every year, a bandwagon develops around at least one of the elimination final winner's prospects of putting a qualifying final loser out in straight sets. And every year, it doesn't happen.

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.

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

Richmond

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.