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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Grand final bloopers left AFL no choice

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Rohan Connolly AFL had no choice but to introduce video assistance for scoring decisions after two controversies over goals in the past three grand finals.

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Saints' stunning upset a big blow to Fremantle's finals ambitions

Nick Surban (left) and Tendai Mzungu of the Dockers tackle Luke Delaney of the Saints.

Rohan Connolly It was the upset of the season. And for Fremantle, Saturday's shock 58-point thrashing at the hands of St Kilda has the potential to prove the disaster of the season.

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Current Cats won't cut it in finals

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Rohan Connolly Geelong coach Chris Scott says the Cats are a “glass half-full” football club.

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Maxwell's smarts deserve a fairer hearing from footy folk

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Rohan Connolly Over the past couple of years, there’s been two guaranteed methods of getting football fans to unleash torrents of venom about something not connected to their club.

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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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Buckley on Pendlebury: There's no better leader than captain cool

Leader of the pack: Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury (centre) has impressed coach Nathan Buckley.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has some interesting reflections about the differences between himself as a player and his current captain Scott Pendlebury.

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Home sweet second home for Hawks

Top spot: Aurora Stadium has proven a happy hunting ground for Hawthorn.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn’s sizeable contingent of fans in Melbourne weren’t overly pleased when their club announced in 2001 it would start playing some home games in Launceston.

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Low-flying Hawks about to be thrust back into the spotlight

The continued development of Brad Hill (right), seen here celebrating a goal with Ben Ross, has been critical to Hawthorn's contuinued success.

Rohan Connolly It seems absurd that the AFL’s reigning premier, second on the ladder, could somehow manage to fly under the radar, but Hawthorn lately seems to have managed it.

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Geelong and Port Adelaide followed very different paths after 2007

Victors: Geelong players celebrate their 2007 AFL grand final win.

Rohan Connolly Forks in the road of football history don't come a lot sharper than those which followed the events of AFL grand final day in 2007.

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Fremantle engine running rough

Ross Lyon has been hosing down any talk that his side, at 3-3 and hanging on to a spot in the eight by a thread, might be in trouble.

Rohan Connolly Ross Lyon isn’t one to panic. So it isn't any great surprise that the Fremantle coach has been hosing down any talk that his side, at 3-3 and hanging on to a spot in the eight by a thread,...

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Mark Harvey: a sort of homecoming

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Rohan Connolly The scene is an induction ceremony for five newly-installed members of Essendon’s Hall of Fame.

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Port Adelaide powers out of the defensive box

Rohan Connolly The past decade of football has been an interesting case study for those who enjoy taking the big-picture view of the game and its continued evolution.

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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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Count on Cats being there

Rohan Connolly The longer a footballer performs to a consistently high standard, the harder it seems to impress the judges. And so it goes for teams as well.

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Saints still sorting things out four years after last win over Collingwood

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Rohan Connolly Last time St Kilda beat Collingwood was an occasion remembered far more for an injury and an altercation between a coach and a player than the actual result.

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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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Favourite sons join AFL's exclusive club

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Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly looks at the six who have earned their places in the AFL Hall of Fame.

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon returns 'hungrier and keen' for success

Ross Lyon and Peter Sumich.

Rohan Connolly After handing over the reins to assistant Peter Sumich last week, Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is back in the box.