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

Essendon's win over Collingwood has major ramifications for finals

Rohan Connolly Collingwood is now in serious danger of missing finals action for the first time since 2005.

AFL

Backline still the key to Bombers' new bounce

On the rise: Essendon players at training.

Rohan Connolly At the start of this season, Essendon tried hard to have the focus turned away from its involvement in the ASADA saga and towards its football.

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

Dempsey back for Anzac Day clash, but Dons midfield takes a hit

Mark Thompson speaks to Courtenay Dempsey

Rohan Connolly and Daniel Cherny Essendon rushes Courtenay Dempsey back into its line-up for Anzac Day blockbuster after a month-long club-imposed suspension.

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AFL

Essendon must find the answers to late slumps

Jobe Watson

Rohan Connolly July, August and September is increasingly proving Essendon's biggest problem.

AFL

For whom the toll tells

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Rohan Connolly Dons could face final insult if they hold their points.

AFL

Grima goal has the Kangaroos hopping in win

North Melbourne's Nathan Grima has reason to celebrate.

Rohan Connolly Fair to say there hasn't been a lot of fun about football in 2013.

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Defeated Bombers can take heart

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Rohan Connolly Missed it by that much will be the popular reaction to Essendon's nail-biting loss in Adelaide.

Tough days for Blues and Dons

On the way back: Essendon's David Zaharakis (left) returns for the Bombers against Carlton.

Rohan Connolly There's always something on the line when Essendon takes on Carlton.

Sorry Jack, but three aces trumped you

Richmond's Jack Riewoldt

Rohan Connolly It goes without saying that you can't please everyone when picking an All-Australian team, but generally you'll find reasonable consensus about at least 75 per cent of those selected.

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Goddard is newbie in name only

New beginning: Club chief executive Ian Robson shows Essendon's recruits the new training centre at Tullamarine.

Rohan Connolly Brendon Goddard is proving a godsend for Essendon's midfield, and its leadership.

AFL

Measuring up the midfield

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Rohan Connolly The jury is still out on whether quality or quantity is the key to victory.

Ruthless Bombers

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06:  Jobe Watson of the Bombers runs with the ball away from Jimmy Toumpas of the Demons during the round two AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 6, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Two passages of play a couple of minutes apart said all that needed to be said about Melbourne and Essendon.

Dons hand out a lesson

Jobe Watson and Clinton Jones

Rohan Connolly St Kilda has regularly found itself short of sufficient height and strength in recent times.

AFL

Essendon stymies Pies attack

Jobe Watson

Rohan Connolly Bombers held sway in general play and on the scoreboard the entire afternoon, but that didn't necessarily make their eventual 46-point win a comfortable exercise until the final 10 minutes.

AFL

Lions' pride stuns Dons

Lions dance: Brent Staker (right) celebrates with Jed Adcock after Staker's late goal sealed Brisbane's win.

Rohan Connolly Two statistics best sum up Brisbane's stunning 10-point upset of Essendon.

AFL

Bombers and Blues the thorn in each other's side

Matthew Lloyd wrestles with Stephen Silvagni in the 1999 preliminary final.

Rohan Connolly The notable rivalries between different pairs of AFL clubs have their own characteristics. Carlton and Essendon's remains one of the most intense.

Big Ben times run right

Rohan Connolly ESSENDON coach James Hird was asked on radio this week about the importance of the lesser lights to a team's continued improvement.

Howlett puts name in lights

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Rohan Connolly Essendon coach James Hird, interviewed on SEN the other day, was asked a question about the importance of the lesser lights to a team's continued improvement.

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Football

Bombers have sights on better midfield depth

Essendons coach Heath Hocking at training.8 July 2011.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Rohan Connolly It's no great secret Essendon needs to bolster both the quality and depth of its midfield.