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

Hawk Cyril Rioli in doubt for Swans finals clash

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

Collingwood missing the scoreboard spread

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly For most of this year, any discussion about Collingwood's capacity to challenge for the premiership has gone hand-in-hand with the debate about the form of Travis Cloke.

AFL

Hawks extend AFL run over Magpies

Luke Breust played a crucial role in Hawthorn's victory.

Rohan Connolly Nothing can deflate a team that which has worked its heart out to stay in a contest more effectively than a burst of quick goals from its opponent.

AFL

Low-flying Hawks about to be thrust back into the spotlight

The continued development of Brad Hill (right), seen here celebrating a goal with Ben Ross, has been critical to Hawthorn's contuinued success.

Rohan Connolly It seems absurd that the AFL’s reigning premier, second on the ladder, could somehow manage to fly under the radar, but Hawthorn lately seems to have managed it.

AFL

Five of the best to fight out flag

Rohan Connolly

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...

AFL

Port Adelaide's turn to apply pressure to Hawks

Port Power: Chad Wingard

Rohan Connolly It was less than three years ago, in August 2011, that Hawthorn inflicted upon Port Adelaide the most crushing and humiliating defeat of its AFL history.

AFL

Hawthorn picks Luke Lowden for first game after six-year wait

Luke Lowden playing in the VFL in 2012.

Rohan Connolly After a six-year wait, Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden will finally make his AFL debut in Launceston on Saturday against West Coast.

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

Best of both worlds for Hawks

Hawks and bombers.

Rohan Connolly In the simmering rivalry now three decades old, it's been Hawthorn which has very much held the upper hand in recent times.

AFL

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.

AFL

Hawks can beat Kennett curse

Hawthorn v Sydney

Rohan Connolly Each time Hawthorn and Geelong have clashed since 2008, it has felt like a final.

AFL

Two sides to selection headaches

Paul Chapman

Rohan Connolly Cats' fallen stars and ragged rucks give Hawks an edge.

AFL

Anyone's guess. Perfect.

Matthew Pavlich

Rohan Connolly Is it Hawthorn or Fremantle that goes into the premiership decider in better nick?

AFL

Shades of the Baby Bombers for Hawthorn

Rohan Connolly

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...

Cool Hawks find path to completion

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

AFL

Cool Hawks find path to completion

Hawthorn celebrates winning the 2013 Premiership

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

AFL

Hawks redeemed, but as a spectacle it wasn't pleasant

Rohan Connolly Redemption always tastes sweet, and particularly so on the grand final stage.

GRAND FINAL 2013

Redemption a powerful force as Hawthorn charges to premiership No.11

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn won the contested possession. It won the clearances. It won the tackle count. Unlike last year, when it also dominated most of the key statistical indicators but couldn't convert that edge...

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AFL

Gieschen: rule hasn't changed

Mitch Duncan is tackled by Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli.

Rohan Connolly The AFL denies the interpretation of the holding-the-ball rule has changed.

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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.