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

Sam Mitchell back to boost Hawks

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.

New season, new look for Melbourne and St Kilda

pick 3 St Kilda Jack Billings
AFL draft 2013 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Picture by John French 21nov2013

Rohan Connolly Melbourne and St Kilda will bear little resemblance to the line-ups of last season when they clash on Saturday - even their coaches are new.

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

Hard to sell faltering North Melbourne

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Rohan Connolly This was the year North Melbourne was supposed to deliver the goods.

AFL

Shades of the Baby Bombers for Hawthorn

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn and Essendon don't have a lot in common save a healthy on-field enmity for one another, but there are a few old Bombers who this week might have identified with at least half the Hawks...

Hawks prove they're made of right stuff

Collingwood v Hawthorn

Rohan Connolly Before yesterday it still somehow felt like Hawthorn had some sort of question to answer.

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Case for the defence: don't hang Clarkson

Hawthorn coach Alaistair Clarkson

Rohan Connolly Alastair Clarkson has emerged from the past couple of days with more honour than some of those baying for blood.

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Football

Two cool Cats show the Twain meets midfield

Steve Johnson aka 'Stevie J' (left) and Paul 'Chappy' Chapman.

Rohan Connolly During the past few weeks Geelong have had 'we're not done just yet' written all over them.

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Burgoyne can bring home bacon

Shaun Burgoyne

Rohan Connolly There are plenty of reasons why Hawthorn now seems a premiership standout.

Hawks find salvation in deadly duo

Hawthorn v Adelaide Crows 1st Preliminary Final.

Rohan Connolly Deja vu can never have felt as chilling for any Hawthorn supporter than during the final quarter last night. It was happening again.

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The scare Hawks had to have

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn has the fundamentals in place to win the flag.

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AFL

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.

AFL

Eagles to soar highest

Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui will have an impact in the marathon that is an AFL season.

Rohan Connolly Rarely have so many been in the hunt for the major prize.

Tigers earning respect

On the ball: Richmond's Jake King (centre) reaches for the ball as teammate Addam Maric (right) runs past.

Rohan Connolly Richmond puts on its best performance of the season, hammering Hawthorn at the MCG.

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Journey into the unknown

2012 season.

Rohan Connolly With another debutant team and so many new coaches, we're in for a turbulent season in 2012.