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

Beating the bogey the challenge for Tigers, Dons and Swans

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

Lifetimes of memories and legends depart Windy Hill

New home: Removalists transport the painting <em>When We Played Football</em> at Windy Hill.

Rohan Connolly The Bombers are gone, but it's still sacred ground to fans

AFL

Cut and bruised after a long fall from grace

Tough call: Jordan Gysberts in action for Melbourne against Geelong. He won rave reviews early on.

Rohan Connolly Most players delisted in clubs' annual end-of-season list purges don't raise too many eyebrows.

AFL

National AFL draft is still a lottery

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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.

AFL

If he keeps playing like this, Watson will eclipse his dad

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Rohan Connolly You've got to be made of pretty resilient stuff to be the son of a former sporting great who follows his father into the same field, knowing from an early age that despite your love for the game or...

The Watson family business

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Rohan Connolly Jobe has in recent seasons proved equal, if not better, than his legendary Bomber father.

A predictable result: Cats v Hawks will be tight, and good

Hawthorn v Geelong.

Rohan Connolly The laws of probability suggest that if you toss a coin and continue to call tails, sooner or later you’re going to get it right. Which is how Hawthorn must feel when it comes to playing Geelong.

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Opinion

Selwood ruling misses the mark

Geelong's Joel Selwood

Rohan Connolly When over-sensitivity is the order of the day, a sledgehammer is the best tool to crack a walnut.

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No punch line in big brother joke

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Rohan Connolly When the brothers Selwood collided at Subiaco, the byplay which followed attracted more amusement than any concern

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AFL

'He was a great mate who loved a beer and loved to be around his teammates.'

Merv Neagle

Rohan Connolly MERV Neagle played 147 games for Essendon over nine seasons, a fair innings yet not enough to put him among the all-time greats of the club in terms of service or status.

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Remembering a true Bombers favourite

Rohan Connolly For many Essendon fans of a middle age, Merv Neagle - who died yesterday - will always occupy a special place in their hearts and memories.

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Record means little against the rapidly advancing tide

Rohan Connolly sport dinkus

Rohan Connolly MANY factors can kill an AFL coaching stint. At Carlton, for Brett Ratten, who'll take charge of the Blues for the final time against St Kilda on Sunday, it's been the convergence of several.

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From little things, big things grow

Rohan Connolly Since the early 1960s, Hawthorn have gone from a laughing stock to a powerhouse.

AFL's year of triumph and ignominy

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Rohan Connolly We review a year of on-field glory and off-field ignominy, and look forward to next season.

AFL

World's best father-son

Greatest father-son combination?

Rohan Connolly Gary Ablett seems to raise the bar just a little higher each time he plays.

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EXCLUSIVE

Clubs hurting as AFL raises costs

Footy heads

Rohan Connolly AFL clubs are struggling to absorb a hefty and unexpected increase in costs imposed on them from league headquarters shortly before the season began.

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In-form Stanton is good to go again

Brent Stanton

Rohan Connolly Brett Stanton is arguably best placed to play second game within five days.

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A tale of two paths taken

A Demon no more: Brock McLean celebrates victory over St Kilda in the 2006 elimination final.

Rohan Connolly The 2006 elimination final was a great night for the Demons.

Coach fires up in bid to spark Dal Santo

Going nowhere: Ryan Crowley hangs on to Nick Dal Santo for dear life.

Rohan Connolly Some players are afforded more critical largesse than others.

Talent shone across borders

Barry Cable, with Ron Barassi in 1975, has been  named an AFL Legend.

Rohan Connolly To Victorians, the story of Barry Cable, the 24th and latest official Legend of the Australian Football Hall of Fame, is one told in three distinct chapters, each several years apart.

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