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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Hawks' 12th flag could be their best

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly It goes without saying Hawthorn is the most successful club of football’s last 50 years, 10 of its 11 premierships won since 1971, a strike rate of one flag every 4.

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Bottom-placed Saints stun Fremantle in upset of the season

What a win: Nick Riewold and Leigh Montagna.

Rohan Connolly St Kilda has given Lenny Hayes the perfect retirement present with a staggering 58-point win over Fremantle.

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Interchange debate produces a nil-all draw

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Rohan Connolly The cap of 120 interchanges per team introduced by the AFL this season has not panned as anyone thought it would, but the outcome has been quite satisfactory.

AFL

Essendon supplements saga becomes AFL's Watergate

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Rohan Connolly Lies, cover-ups, agendas, duplicity and, in terms of careers in the game, an increasing body count. Sound familiar? We haven’t had the movie yet, but surely that’s coming in time.

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Richmond beats Brisbane Lions by 25 points at MCG

Jack Riewoldt attempting to mark over Pearce Hanley.

Rohan Connolly Ty Vickery kicked four goals on Saturday as Richmond scored consecutive wins for the first time this season, beating Brisbane by 25 points at the MCG.

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Collingwood no lock for finals, problems no easy fix

Collingwood trudges off after losing to Gold Coast.

Rohan Connolly Four weeks ago on Monday, after an efficient Queen’s Birthday holiday disposal of Melbourne, Collingwood was parked comfortably in the AFL’s top four.

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Collingwood missing the scoreboard spread

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Rohan Connolly For most of this year, any discussion about Collingwood's capacity to challenge for the premiership has gone hand-in-hand with the debate about the form of Travis Cloke.

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Hawks extend AFL run over Magpies

Luke Breust played a crucial role in Hawthorn's victory.

Rohan Connolly Nothing can deflate a team that which has worked its heart out to stay in a contest more effectively than a burst of quick goals from its opponent.

AFL

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.

AFL

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...

AFL

Next six weeks will tell how brightly Suns can shine

Rohan Connolly The Gold Coast Suns have reached dizzy heights on the AFL ladder, but face a big challenge to stay there.

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

St Kilda v Collingwood

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.

AFL

Toothless Tigers torn to shreds by Bombers

Dyson Heppell handballs under pressure after a centre clearance.

Rohan Connolly One moment summed up this miserable night for Richmond better than any other.

AFL

Hawthorn picks Luke Lowden for first game after six-year wait

Luke Lowden playing in the VFL in 2012.

Rohan Connolly After a six-year wait, Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden will finally make his AFL debut in Launceston on Saturday against West Coast.

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

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.

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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.

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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.