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

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

Rohan Connolly

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.

Sydney loses its appetite for the hard slog

A despondent Kieren Jack after the Swans' 43-point loss to North Melbourne.

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.

AFL

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

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Jake Carlisle report worsens Essendon's forward struggles

Jaker Carlisle.

Rohan Connolly Essendon's revamped forward structure has struck trouble before the AFL season even starts, with new key forward Jake Carlisle facing suspension for kneeing an opponent and the Bombers still...

AFL

AFL season 2014: The most even in recent memory

The premiership battle will be much closer in 2014.

Rohan Connolly The list of clubs that came close will be truly remarkable when the siren sounds on season 2014.

AFL

Essendon's David Zaharakis signs new three-year deal

Essendon's David Zaharakis.

Rohan Connolly Essendon midfielder David Zaharakis has signed a three-year contract extension with the club, tieing him to the Bombers until the end of 2017.

AFL

Geelong picks Lincoln McCarthy for second AFL game

Lincoln McCarthy has been earmarked to take over the role long occupied by triple premiership star Paul Chapman.

Rohan Connolly Geelong youngster Lincoln McCarthy will play his second game of AFL football against Adelaide on Thursday night, nearly two years after his first for the Cats.

Bob Rose or Malcolm Blight?

Ross Lyon

Rohan Connolly Whether Ross Lyon's coaching career follows the path of Bob Rose (close, but no premierships) or Malcolm Blight (three defeats then back-to-back flags), the Docker will never be one to be overwhelmed...

AFL

'Messiah' Roos keen to keep it real with Dees

Paul Roos

Rohan Connolly Melbourne supporters know arrival of top coach will not be an instant fix.

AFL

Podsiadly ready for new start with Crows

James Podsiadly.

Rohan Connolly James Podsiadly has a bit of a head start on his peers when it comes to any butterflies which might be associated with joining a new club at a more senior age than most recruits.

AFL

National AFL draft is still a lottery

Rohan Connolly

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

Darren Jolly blasts Nathan Buckley as a 'coward'

Darren Jolly.

Rohan Connolly Disillusioned Darren Jolly concedes his AFL career is over, but not without some fierce parting shots at the manner in which it ended.

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AFL

Suck it up and move on

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly There's scarcely a week of any AFL season that goes by without some sort of umpiring controversy.

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Rewards come for Roos

Flight time: Richmond's Jack Riewoldt flies with the pack for a mark.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne had worked very hard for not much reward by quarter-time.

Kangaroos capable of producing a twist in the tail

Kangaroos celebrate

Rohan Connolly This could end up being the year of what-ifs for North Melbourne.

AFL

Pendlebury a class act, but disaster for Dees, GWS

Scott Pendlebury's example as a leader is impeccable.

Rohan Connolly Champion midfielder is the Pies' most solid citizen both on- and off-field.

AFL

Rallying for a mate shows football's true heart

Players from Geelong and St Kilda pose for the Casey Tutungi Appeal after the match.

Rohan Connolly Geelong community raises more than $80,000 for Casey Tutungi.