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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Finals wannabes left to fight among themselves

Rohan Connolly Three groups on ladder have vastly different aspirations over the final seven rounds.

AFL

Little men must stand tall in Blues' finals bid

Dejected Blues leave the field after losing to Hawthorn in round 12.

Rohan Connolly Sometimes the AFL ladder flatters to deceive, and occasionally it doesn't do a team justice.

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Jolly in a race to be fit for finals

David and Goliath: Fremantle youngster Jack Hannath (right) tangles with Collingwood veteran Darren Jolly.

Rohan Connolly Veteran Collingwood ruckman Darren Jolly is racing against time to play a meaningful role in the Magpies’ finals campaign.

Connolly's finals blog: A matter of integrity

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Rohan Connolly To discuss AFL integrity and other hot footy topics, join a live blog with Age footy expert Rohan Connolly from midday Monday. And you can send in your questions right now.

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Hawk Cyril Rioli in doubt for Swans finals clash

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24:  Cyril Rioli of the Hawks leaves the field injured during the round 22 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn small forward Cyril Rioli is in doubt for Friday's AFL qualifying final against Sydney at the MCG after failing to train with the main group on Thursday.

AFL

Impossible win at Cats' fortress still spurs Swans to a finals fling

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Rohan Connolly SYDNEY had far more important matters on their mind than history when they upset Geelong at Simonds Stadium two years ago.

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Connolly's finals blog: Week one excitement

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Rohan Connolly In 20 years of the final eight, we've had only one first weekend of four finals that surpassed the one just gone for excitement. And certainly none producing more upsets.

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Many twists in finals tale

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Rohan Connolly Excitement galore on first weekend of finals as three favourites are beaten.

Roos looking the goods for finals

North Melbourne's Daniel Wells, Brent Harvey and Scott McMahon sing the team song in the rooms after their win over Essendon.

Rohan Connolly After a thumping by Hawthorn, North Melbourne has improved by leaps and bounds.

Finals are about timing and it's Cats' time

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Rohan Connolly This has been an even more eventful AFL season than usual, full of wild fluctuations.

Roos' finals hopes may go west

Brad Scott with the Kangaroos.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne has played to its peak when the pressure to perform was at its greatest.

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Lyon-sized Dockers show finals quality

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Rohan Connolly There's a parallel between Ross Lyon as coach of St Kilda and his efforts at Fremantle.

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Hardwick assures fans Tigers ready for finals

Damian Hardwick.

Rohan Connolly High expectations at the start of any season go with the territory for the Richmond Football Club.

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Jay Schulz, Port Adelaide's frequent flyer, thrives on being grounded

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Rohan Connolly Even as a kid, let alone as an AFL player, Jay Schulz was renowned for a disregard for his personal safety if it was going to stand in the way of the sheer thrill of being alive and active.

AFL

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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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

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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For Essendon's David Zaharakis, positivity pays off

Essendon AFL player David Zaharakis speaking to students at Essendon Keilor College.

Rohan Connolly David Zaharakis is talking to a group of Year 8 and 9 students from Essendon Keilor College about the perils of social media.

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.