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

Paul Roos gives umpires a spray over Dean Terlich and Stewart Crameri incidents

Rohan Connolly Melbourne coach Paul Roos has taken a shot at the umpires in his team’s 16-point loss against the Bulldogs over one free kick that wasn’t paid and one that was.

AFL

Wayne Campbell to replace Jeff Gieschen as umpires' boss

Wayne Campbell.

Rohan Connolly Former Richmond captain and current Tigers' official Wayne Campbell is to be announced as the AFL's new director of umpiring, replacing the long-time occupant of the position Jeff Gieschen.

Umpires blow whistle on congestion

AFL scramble.

Rohan Connolly Ugly rolling mauls that have marred AFL football as a spectacle in recent years may be on the way out.

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Umpires key to speeding up game

Rohan Connolly sport dinkus

Rohan Connolly Do we really need another twist on another recent rule change to clear up moveable scrums?

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Live blog: Umpires the key

Rohan Connolly Do we really need another twist on another recent rule change to clear up moveable scrums? Which might lead to yet another unintended consequence and another rule change to counter it?

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AFL

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.

AFL

Geelong's second-term burst makes dominance really count

Cameron Guthrie attempts to scoop up the ball

Rohan Connolly Melbourne was still within three goals of Geelong as the quarter-time siren rang at the MCG on Saturday, but seldom this season will an ostensibly gettable defecit prove as deceptive as this one did.

AFL

Cotchin stars as Tigers beat Saints in AFL

A third quarter melee involving Anthony Miles , Jimmy Webster , Dustin Martin and Sebastian Ross

Rohan Connolly Skipper Trent Cotchin kicked a career-best five goals as Richmond scored just their fourth AFL win of the season on Saturday, beating bottom side St Kilda by 44 points at Etihad Stadium.

AFL

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.

AFL

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

Magpies win a classic over Eagles at the MCG

Magpie Steele Sidebottom celebrates after kicking a goal.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood emerges eight-point winners over West Coast in a classic at the MCG.

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

Brisbane Lions pounce as Western Bulldogs lose way

Lion Stefan Martin and Bulldog Will Minson battle in the ruck.

Rohan Connolly All season, the Western Bulldogs have played impressive quarters of football here and there, only to be let down, often in the same game, by others that weren't in the same ball park.

AFL

Dockers down Tigers by 20 points

Matthew Pavlich celebrates a goal during Fremantle's victory

Rohan Connolly Richmond continued their Jekyll and Hyde act on Saturday at the MCG, where a 20-point loss to Fremantle was equal parts tenacity and turnovers.

AFL

Essendon saves its best for last in win over Western Bulldogs

Jason Winderlich of the Bombers tackles Easton Wood of the Bulldogs as Essendon skipper Jobe Watson looks on.

Rohan Connolly Essendon was going nowhere fast early in the third quarter against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly They were fast, they were slick, and they were very, very good. Gold Coast is a great team to watch, and as North Melbourne will now testify, pretty damn effective, too.

AFL

Why AFL should consider bonus points

Jarryd Roughead and Ryan Schoenmakers.

Rohan Connolly New AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan plans to speak to AFL coaches about encouraging exciting football.

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AFL

Finals still a long way off for Essendon, Carlton and Richmond

Essendon is desperate for JasonWinderlich to return.

Rohan Connolly For all its championing of a national philosophy, the AFL is never happier than when the establishment clubs in the game’s heartland are doing well.