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.

A few flutters for the flag favourites

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.

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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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Five of the best to fight out flag

Rohan Connolly While debate may continue in 2014 about the state of the game and the AFL's handling of the competition, one thing becoming increasingly clear is that the top of the ladder is as competitive as it...

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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.

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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.

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Gutsiest win was a true epic

Tripping the light: Adam Goodes and Jarrad McVeigh hoist aloft the cup of dreams.

Rohan Connolly Has there been a better grand final? Arguably not. Has there been a gutsier win than Sydney's 10-point triumph over a warm favourite? While we're still smitten in the afterglow of an absolute epic,...

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Sydney's triumph a classic among classics

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Rohan Connolly We've certainly been spoilt for grand final thrillers over the past decade or so.

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Perseverance pays off for McCartney's pups

North's Drew Petrie ends up in the crowd after taking a mark at Etihad Stadium

Rohan Connolly St Kilda fans aside, not many wouldn't have felt at least a little warm and fuzzy about the Bulldogs' win.

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We, the people

Adam Goodes.

Rohan Connolly The Indigenous All-Stars as AFL representatives has raised no heat here and set off curiosity in Ireland. Which is heartening, to be sure.

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Cream continues to rise with wildcards

Gary Rohan.

Rohan Connolly Last weekend's commanding performances from the 2012 AFL premier, the runner-up and the best-performed team of the past six years seemed to inspire rare consensus - that this year's flag would be...

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Swans v Geelong: Cattery curse could be broken again

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Rohan Connolly Geelong's home ground officially the most impenetrable fortress league football has seen.

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Double trouble for first-up loser

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Rohan Connolly Since Essendon's dramatic expulsion from the finals series on Tuesday, there's been plenty of talk about its 'dead rubber' against Richmond.

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Impossible win at Cats' fortress still spurs Swans to a finals fling

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Rohan Connolly SYDNEY had far more important matters on their mind than history when they upset Geelong at Simonds Stadium two years ago.

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Another visit to the Cats to test Swans

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Rohan Connolly Swans have won kudos for having held on to one of the top two spots on the ladder since June.

Crows by a nose on Swans

Rohan Connolly The visiting Swans will push the Crows early, but Adelaide has the better form.

Strength in midfield makes Swans a force

Swans midfielder Jude Bolton is grounded by Hawk Kyle Cheney as Brent Guerra (left) and Lewis Jetta look on.

Rohan Connolly Why Sydney has taken the step from mere finals prospect to genuine flag contender.

C'mon Seven, get with the program

Talking heads: Channel Seven's broadcast of the AFL has left a bit to be desired.

Rohan Connolly With nine games a week, TV coverage has become integral part of football discussion.

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Wayward Dons blow it

Tight contest: Sydney's Lewis Roberts-Tomson tackles Essendon's Heath Hocking last night.

Rohan Connolly Sydney's thrilling four-point win over Essendon last night threw up all sorts of bizarre numbers. The bottom line, though, was that once again these two teams served up a blinder.