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.

Sydney loses its appetite for the hard slog

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.

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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.

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And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly DON’T FORGET THE DEMONS

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Blue day as Dees dare to believe

Jack Watts

Rohan Connolly When a team has won just one of its past 21 games, and not at all for nearly a year, you can’t take anything for granted.

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Lance Franklin a real buddy, says Adam Simpson

Well done: Former Hawks forward line coach Adam Simpson and Lance Franklin.

Rohan Connolly As Lance Franklin continues to feel his way with his new club, his former line coach Adam Simpson has lent his support to the way the superstar spearhead goes about his work.

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.

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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.

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Is Mick Malthouse the man to rebuild the Blues?

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Rohan Connolly A couple of former prime ministers have had bold declarations come back to haunt them. Bob Hawke's line about no child living in poverty and Julia Gillard's insistence about no carbon tax will...

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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St Kilda survives then thrives to edge out GWS

Rohan Connolly The first quarter of this game provided plenty of entertaining, open football. If round one had shown the fighting qualities of both the Giants and Saints, the first stanza of each side's next...

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St Kilda holds out determined GWS Giants

Nick Riewoldt.

Rohan Connolly A brilliant five-goal display from Nick Riewoldt has helped St Kilda outlast the improving Greater Western Sydney by seven pointsat Etihad Stadium.

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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For Hawthorn's Luke Breust, goals are the gimmick

Jarryd Roughead (left) lines up behind Luke Breust in Launceston as he prepares to kick a goal in the match against the Lions on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly When Hawthorn's Luke Breust reaches into his bag of tricks, he has one goal in mind - scoring.