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.

Drama as Carlton and Essendon play first draw of AFL season in final round

Rohan Connolly The first draw of the year in the AFL came on the penultimate day of a six-month home-and-away season and was probably a fitting result, given that both Carlton and Essendon at one stage had led by...

Brownlow Medal race shaping as a classic with Ablett, Franklin and Heppell in the frame

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly The contenders are dropping like flies, but this year's Brownlow Medal could still provide a remarkable winner.

Blues are starting to believe

Irish debutant Ciaran Sheehan impressed in his first game for Carlton.

Rohan Connolly Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he can see his players beginning to come out of their shells as the Blues continue their late-season improvement.

Carlton does it easily and early against Gold Coast

Jarrad Waite had a day out against the Suns.

Rohan Connolly You had a pretty good sense of what was going to happen within 10 minutes, by which time Carlton had banged on three goals without reply.

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Hawthorn continues to have the wood on Carlton

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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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And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly St Kilda's selection posers

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Gap between Essendon and the best is a yawning chasm

Rohan Connolly When ASADA finally delivered those long-promised “show cause” notices to the bulk of Essendon’s senior list last week, an already difficult season for the Bombers became a lot more...

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Richmond loses Alex Rance to injury for clash with Carlton

Alex Rance (left), seen here preventing Melbourne's Cameron Pedersen from getting the ball, will miss the game against Carlton.

Rohan Connolly Richmond has lost key defender Alex Rance to injury but restored feisty small forward Jake King to its line-up for the clash with nemesis Carlton.

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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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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.

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Blues pip West Coast at the post

Marc Murphy and Dean Cox

Rohan Connolly Carlton staged a dramatic late comeback to pinch a three-point AFL win over West Coast on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium.

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Murphy finally making his mark for Blues

Leading light: Carlton’s Marc Murphy evades Eagle Dean Cox.

Rohan Connolly Carlton's amazing comeback win over West Coast on Saturday could be an important moment in the Blues' season.

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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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Thomas primed to excel from round one: Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Former Collingwood premiership player having his training load managed.

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A team to stake your life on

Rohan Connolly sport dinkus

Rohan Connolly Choosing a team of top grand final performers since 1989 is no easy task.

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The new blue

Mick Malthouse

Rohan Connolly There's anticipation at Carlton this week as veteran coach Mick Malthouse takes the reins.

365 days of AFL can dull senses, alienate fans

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Rohan Connolly Has the 2012 AFL season actually finished yet? Has 2013 already begun? Who really knows any more?

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Stepping up

Leadership material: Nick Duigan (left) doesn’t expect to inherit the captaincy from Chris Judd.

Rohan Connolly Nick Duigan is respected by his teammates - that's why he's in the leadership group.

Malthouse's Blues look a good mix

Mick Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Mick Malthouse taking over at Carlton was always going to be one of the best stories of 2013.

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World's best father-son

Greatest father-son combination?

Rohan Connolly Gary Ablett seems to raise the bar just a little higher each time he plays.

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