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 grand final 2014: Hawthorn pride produces another premiership

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn is a club with enormous pride. Now it's also a club with two lots of back-to-back flags among its dozen premierships. And those two points are inextricably woven.

Hawthorn and Sydney need their lesser lights to shine in grand final

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Rohan Connolly The big names will have their say, but the premiership may be decided by how much the Hawks and Swans can get from their less-heralded players.

AFL grand final: Rohan Connolly rates Sydney and Hawthorn

Hawks v Swans

Rohan Connolly Sydney and Hawthorn: the elite, the core group and the bottom six

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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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Hawthorn heeds the lessons of losing

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Rohan Connolly There's a very strong common denominator between Hawthorn's first back-to-back premiership sides of 1988-89 and the Hawks of 2013-14, and it’s a key to what has made this proud club such a...

The greatest of them all in the AFL?

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Rohan Connolly As Sydney and Hawthorn meet in Saturday’s grand final, there’s, as usual, a premiership cup on offer to reward nearly 12 months of hard work.

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Sydney seems set to take another flag home

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Rohan Connolly Cream rises to the top as the season’s best two clubs face off in the grand final.

Hawthorn and Sydney: it's grand to see you again

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Rohan Connolly The Swans and Hawks have already set the grand final bar high.

Live blog with Rohan Connolly, noon Monday

Kick straight or lose?

Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, noon Monday.

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Accuracy the premiership goal

Eyes straight: Shaun Burgoyne practises kicking for goal.

Rohan Connolly The game's most fundamental skill will probably determine the winner of the AFL grand final.

AND WHILE I'M AT IT ...

Rohan Connolly Saturday's grand final is obviously the most important game of the season. But you wonder if down the track, Port Adelaide's comeback victory over Fremantle in last week's semi-final might not rank...

Connolly's wrap: the preliminary finalists

Rohan Connolly For a fourth year in a row Hawthorn endured a nail-biting preliminary final decided by less than a kick, fortunately the scoreline now 3-1.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley praises his warriors but says they still have to get better

Ken Hinkley talks to his players during a break in the game.

Rohan Connolly A proud Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley lauded the efforts of his young side which came so close to a grand final berth on Saturday night, but also warned that the Power would need to keep improving...

Port Adelaide has six months to rue lost chances

All good things come to an end: Port Adeladie players ponder what might have been after being pipped to the grand final by Hawthorn.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide charged through a gap against Fremantle. Now it knows what it feels to be like on the opposite side.

Port Adelaide powers back from MCG nightmare against Hawthorn

John Butcher (left) of the Power leaves the field with teammates with the scoreboard showing the Port's 165-point loss.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide goes into Saturday night's preliminary final against Hawthorn at the MCG not having met the Hawks there since the low point in its AFL history three years ago. Much has changed.

Once a sad case, Sydney became a September specialist

The Swans and Kangaroos battle out the 1996 grand final.

Rohan Connolly When Sydney plays North Melbourne in Friday night's preliminary final, memories of a much darker chapter in the Swans' history will be revived.

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A few flutters for the flag favourites

Ollie Wines played a pivotal role in Port Adelaide's semi-final win.

Rohan Connolly Recent finals history has been turned on its head. And now Port Adelaide and North Melbourne go into their preliminary finals with plenty of momentum.

Sydney should be too consistent for the Roos in preliminary final

Sydney is favoured to figure in a second grand final in three years.

Rohan Connolly The last time Sydney and North Melbourne clashed in September produced one of the more forgettable finals in recent AFL history. We can expect a lot more this time around.

The greatest game of all: Geelong v North Melbourne 1994

Gary Ablett is besieged by teammates Michael Mansfield (left) and Garry Hocking (right) after kicking the match winning goal.

Rohan Connolly It's 20 years since Geelong beat North Melbourne in a finals classic so good it might just be the greatest game of football ever played.

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Close wins no accident for cool Cats

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Rohan Connolly Carlton led Geelong by seven points with under five minutes left on the clock last Friday night at Etihad Stadium.