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.

Former VFL tough guy dies after fall, aged 84

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Rohan Connolly Members of football, boxing and entertainment worlds in mourning over Jeff Patterson's death.

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Jamie Elliott to miss again for Collingwood, Nick Maxwell, Luke Ball return

Nick Maxwell

Rohan Connolly Collingwood will have to find alternative avenues to goal again this week after small forward Jamie Elliott was all but ruled out of Sunday's critical clash with Essendon by Magpie coach Nathan...

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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.

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Collingwood no lock for finals, problems no easy fix

Collingwood trudges off after losing to Gold Coast.

Rohan Connolly Four weeks ago on Monday, after an efficient Queen’s Birthday holiday disposal of Melbourne, Collingwood was parked comfortably in the AFL’s top four.

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Time for coach Brad Scott to get nasty with North Melbourne

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Despite the inevitable debate it provoked, North Melbourne coach Brad Scott’s post-match confrontation with Brisbane’s Tom Rockliff on Saturday night is really neither here nor there.

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Carlton coach Mick Malthouse gives out-of-favour stars a hip and shoulder

Coach Mick Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Carlton lacks the necessary talent to mix it with the best, coach Mick Malthouse has conceded.

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Gap between Essendon and the best is a yawning chasm

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly When ASADA finally delivered those long-promised “show cause” notices to the bulk of Essendon’s senior list last week, an already difficult season for the Bombers became a lot more...

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Tom Hafey: a coach to last a lifetime

Tom Hafey exercises on the beach as part of his regular early morning training session on June 11, 2011.

Rohan Connolly It's been 26 years now since Tom Hafey last coached at the game's elite level, even before the VFL officially became the AFL, meaning a score of football fans can rely only on the history books to...

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Richmond reaches fork in the road

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Rohan Connolly Richmond has had some embarrassing losses over the years, but few would have rankled with the faithful as much as Saturday’s defeat against Melbourne.

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And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly Why does football continue to embarrass itself with episodes that might have been avoided with a little clear thinking? Exhibit Z in this long-running saga is the siren controversy at Adelaide Oval...

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Nature or nurture - footy's developing question

Thrown to the wolves: Jack Watts is monstered by Collingwood.

Rohan Connolly It's a couple of weeks short of five years since Jack Watts made his AFL debut with Melbourne, an occasion which attracted even more attention than when he'd been selected at No.

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Joe Daniher and Ty Vickery dropped for Essendon and Richmond Dreamtime clash

Tiger bright:  Forward Ty Vickery.

Rohan Connolly and Daniel Cherny Essendon and Richmond have both lost patience with key forwards ahead of their Saturday night "Dreamtime" clash at the MCG.

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Blues all talk, no action

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Rohan Connolly It has been two months now since outgoing Carlton president Stephen Kernahan, following the Blues’ shocking 0-4 start to the season, conceded that his club had to rebuild its senior list.

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Hawthorn picks Luke Lowden for first game after six-year wait

Luke Lowden playing in the VFL in 2012.

Rohan Connolly After a six-year wait, Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden will finally make his AFL debut in Launceston on Saturday against West Coast.

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Western Bulldogs' dilemma more than the coach

The Bulldogs have gone backwards even in areas where they were capable last year.

Rohan Connolly Are the Western Bulldogs a potentially good side drastically under-performing, or an ordinary one placed where their talent dictates they should be?

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John Coleman film find is football gold

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly After this week’s latest inductions, the Australian Football Hall of Fame has 257 members. Of those, 25 are official Legends of the game.

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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.

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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.

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Rise and Shrine: Jackson Merrett gains respect for Anzacs

Words of wisdom: Jackson Merrett chats with former Bombers star and World War II veteran Jack Jones.

Rohan Connolly Last year's Anzac Day clash between Essendon and Collingwood was just the fifth game of AFL football Jackson Merrett had played.

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Dempsey back for Anzac Day clash, but Dons midfield takes a hit

Mark Thompson speaks to Courtenay Dempsey

Rohan Connolly and Daniel Cherny Essendon rushes Courtenay Dempsey back into its line-up for Anzac Day blockbuster after a month-long club-imposed suspension.

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