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

No regrets on Dayle Garlett, says Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson

Rohan Connolly, Tom Atkinson In what would be a huge coup for the WAFL, Dayle Garlett could play for Swan Districts as early as this Saturday afternoon against East Perth.

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Alastair Clarkson sees some of the Cats about Mark Thompson's Essendon

Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he can already see some signs Essendon is playing a game like the Geelong teams coached by his opposite number Mark Thompson.

AFL

It's official, Jason Dunstall's a true Hawks legend

Jason Dunstall loved the chase, the tackle and the assist every bit as much as a goal.

Rohan Connolly When it came to the business of playing for a successful club in its greatest era, Jason Dunstall's timing couldn't have been better.

AFL

Home sweet second home for Hawks

Top spot: Aurora Stadium has proven a happy hunting ground for Hawthorn.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn’s sizeable contingent of fans in Melbourne weren’t overly pleased when their club announced in 2001 it would start playing some home games in Launceston.

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Hawthorn continues to have the wood on Carlton

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Should Hawthorn defeat Carlton as expected at the MCG on Friday night, the Blues will be handed another unwanted slice of history in an era in which they’ve already had several.

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Port Adelaide powers out of the defensive box

Rohan Connolly The past decade of football has been an interesting case study for those who enjoy taking the big-picture view of the game and its continued evolution.

AFL

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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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.

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly AND WHILE I’M AT IT …

AFL

Nick Riewoldt: more plaudits please for St Kilda skipper

Nick Riewoldt shares Eli Templeton’s joy at his first goal.

Rohan Connolly Over 14 seasons and 260 AFL games, Nick Riewoldt has delivered performances more eye-catching than Saturday night's effort for St Kilda against Melbourne.

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.

Adam Simpson's new state of mind

Eagles coach Adam Simpson.

Rohan Connolly Adam Simpson has been in Perth for six months now, but it didn't take nearly that long to work out how proud the locals are about their home state.

AFL

Rivalry for the ages

Geelong's Corey Enright is congratulated by teammates after kicking a goal.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson believes Geelong is the AFL's pacesetter despite his own club's status as reigning premier after the Cats' 19-point win over Hawthorn on Easter Monday, their 12th...

AFL

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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Clarkson all set for run to the flag

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson walks out onto the field during the match against North Melbourne.

Rohan Connolly Relieved Hawthorn coach can start planning his side's finals assault.

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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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Hawk Cyril Rioli in doubt for Swans finals clash

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24:  Cyril Rioli of the Hawks leaves the field injured during the round 22 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn small forward Cyril Rioli is in doubt for Friday's AFL qualifying final against Sydney at the MCG after failing to train with the main group on Thursday.

AFL

Hawks bank on big defender to tip match-up in their favour

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn knew heading into last year's finals series they could use another strong-bodied key defender. But after the preliminary final, it became non-negotiable.

Tippett a tall order for Lake and Hawks defence

Kurt Tippett

Rohan Connolly Last year Hawthorn got a big scare from Kurt Tippett.

AFL

Worsfold's legacy speaks for itself

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Rohan Connolly In the end, John Worsfold's departure as West Coast coach wasn't a massive surprise. If the Eagles were far and away the most disappointing team of the 2013 AFL season, their coach didn't exactly set...

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