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.

Sydney should be too consistent for the Roos in preliminary final

Rohan Connolly The last time Sydney and North Melbourne clashed in September produced one of the more forgettable finals in recent AFL history. We can expect a lot more this time around.

Baby, what a week for North Melbourne coach Brad Scott

Brad Scott  with Brent Harvey at training last month.

Rohan Connolly The demands on an AFL coach's time are extraordinary enough during the regular season and even more so when his team is involved in finals, let alone when he's also just become a father for the first...

Roos rebound as big forwards fire

North Melbourne Kangaroos.

Rohan Connolly Throughout this season, both North Melbourne and Essendon have been unable to find anything like the sort of consistency they’d like.

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Time for coach Brad Scott to get nasty with North Melbourne

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Rohan Connolly Despite the inevitable debate it provoked, North Melbourne coach Brad Scott’s post-match confrontation with Brisbane’s Tom Rockliff on Saturday night is really neither here nor there.

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly AND WHILE I’M AT IT …

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What happened to the Hird-Archer Medal?

James Hird.

Rohan Connolly Such was the fervour surrounding the latest outbreak of controversy regarding suspended Essendon coach James Hird that it was perhaps surprising nobody seemed to notice something missing from last...

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Nick Riewoldt: more plaudits please for St Kilda skipper

Nick Riewoldt shares Eli Templeton’s joy at his first goal.

Rohan Connolly Over 14 seasons and 260 AFL games, Nick Riewoldt has delivered performances more eye-catching than Saturday night's effort for St Kilda against Melbourne.

AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.

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Two more Roos sign new deals to stay with 'family'

North's Scott McMahon.

Rohan Connolly Experienced defender Scott McMahon and promising forward Robbie Tarrant latest to recommit.

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'Report the racists': AFL figures demand public speak up

Majak Daw.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has appealed to fans of all AFL clubs to report instances of racism.

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Hard to sell faltering North Melbourne

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

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Dismal Dees dismantled

Stacks on: Kangaroo Lindsay Thomas is mobbed by Melbourne players on Saturday, one of the few times the Dees went near the ball.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne skipper suffers potentially season-ending injury as his side swats aside Melbourne by 122 points.

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Dons done and dusted

Essendon v North Melbourne

Rohan Connolly How Essendon hung on in this game for even a half is anyone's guess.

Hawks tease Kangaroos

No way out: Hawk Cyril Rioli sandwiched between two Kangaroos.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn secures home qualifying final and all but puts North Melbourne out of finals.

Roos looking the goods for finals

North Melbourne's Daniel Wells, Brent Harvey and Scott McMahon sing the team song in the rooms after their win over Essendon.

Rohan Connolly After a thumping by Hawthorn, North Melbourne has improved by leaps and bounds.

Roos' finals hopes may go west

Brad Scott with the Kangaroos.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne has played to its peak when the pressure to perform was at its greatest.

Bombers bounce Roos

Mixed emotions: Essendon players celebrate after Roo Hamish McIntosh missed an after-siren goal attempt.

Rohan Connolly Only a brave pundit would have predicted result would be known only after final siren.

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Fighting Roos start to find their true North

David Swallow

Rohan Connolly For a couple of years now, North Melbourne has been the ultimate definition of the mid-table team. Not only have the Roos finished ninth, but consistently beaten the teams below them, only to...

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Roos defy rising Suns

On the run: North's Andrew Swallow breaks free during yesterday's hard-fought win over Gold Coast at Etihad Stadium.

Rohan Connolly ''No Ablett, no Gold Coast.'' An easy line, but a pretty accurate one at the moment.

Speedy Roos might take catching

North's Brent Harvey celebrates a goal.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne supporters are used to having their faith tested on several levels.