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

Is Mick Malthouse the man to rebuild the Blues?

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Rohan Connolly A couple of former prime ministers have had bold declarations come back to haunt them. Bob Hawke's line about no child living in poverty and Julia Gillard's insistence about no carbon tax will...

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AFL

Message for Carlton: no messiahs in the modern game

Carlton Football Club.

Rohan Connolly Carlton is a club with major issues at several levels. Its players lack fight and on-field direction.

AFL

Blues find their level

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Rohan Connolly Carlton is in a position to turn a mediocre season into a surprisingly successful one.

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Record means little against the rapidly advancing tide

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Rohan Connolly MANY factors can kill an AFL coaching stint. At Carlton, for Brett Ratten, who'll take charge of the Blues for the final time against St Kilda on Sunday, it's been the convergence of several.

AFL

Malthouse: my wife was in tears

Michael Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Mick Malthouse has maintained this morning he has made no decision about his coaching future despite Carlton's announcement of the sacking of Brett Ratten as senior coach.

Insiders take stock on new Blues chief

Mick Malthouse.

Rohan Connolly Football today, like society, muses former Carlton captain Mark Maclure, is transient. 'Things move all over the place, and in football it's players and coaches.'

AFL

A fire-proof coach would have job on toast

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Rohan Connolly Perhaps the most significant comment during soap opera came from chairman Don McLardy.

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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.

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Rohan Connolly Have your say on the footy issues that matter to you at 12 noon Monday.

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AFL

Song remains the same in Blues backyard

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Despite a new coach, Carlton isn't any better, writes Rohan Connolly.

AFL

Finals wannabes left to fight among themselves

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Rohan Connolly Three groups on ladder have vastly different aspirations over the final seven rounds.

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AFL

Carlton must define its season

Carlton

Rohan Connolly There are a couple of narratives that seem pretty appropriate applied to Carlton's 2013.

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.

Blues should stick with Ratten

Chris Judd and Brett Ratten

Rohan Connolly There's some obvious contenders for coach of the year in 2012.

Blues daze for coach

Gold Coast players celebrate as the end of the match nears.

Rohan Connolly Brett Ratten, under pressure all season to keep his post despite having a year left to run on his contract but looking safer recently after Carlton's four wins in its past five games, might have had...

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Deep, dark, navy Blues

Chris Judd

Rohan Connolly Carlton's stocks look particularly healthy despite poor pre-season results.

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Football

Key young Lions start to strut their stuff on big stage

AFL Round 1. Melbourne v Brisbane Lions.Brisbane's Claye Beams in action at the MCG 31st March 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Rohan Connolly AFL TEAMS do so much homework on their opposition these days that there should seldom be any unpleasant surprises around the corner, but Carlton might well be viewing tonight's clash with the...

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Better Blues can put heat on Pies

Alan Toovey is tackled by Chris Judd.

Rohan Connolly Surely victory over an old enemy on Friday night would be definitive proof that the Blues have arrived.

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AFL

Blue ribbon performer

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Rohan Connolly Andrew Carrazzo is having the last laugh on his knockers.

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Out of the Blue

Catch me if you can: Alwyn Davey leads Carlton's Nick Duigan a merry chase in the Bombers' upset win. Davey chipped in with three goals.

Rohan Connolly Carlton goes down to Essendon in one of those results that confounds all logic and form.