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.

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For Essendon's David Zaharakis, positivity pays off

Rohan Connolly David Zaharakis is talking to a group of Year 8 and 9 students from Essendon Keilor College about the perils of social media.

AFL

Essendon's David Zaharakis signs new three-year deal

Essendon's David Zaharakis.

Rohan Connolly Essendon midfielder David Zaharakis has signed a three-year contract extension with the club, tieing him to the Bombers until the end of 2017.

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

The defence of Ben Sinclair

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Rohan Connolly Improved kicking and switch to back line have paid off for dedicated young Magpie.

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For whom the toll tells

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.

AFL

Win for the bigger picture

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Rohan Connolly The club and fans will go on, despite penalties given.

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AFL

Dons well placed for Pie fright

David Zaharakis.

Rohan Connolly Few players have featured in as important a moment in just their fourth AFL game as did Essendon's David Zaharakis in 2009.

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.

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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Defeated Bombers can take heart

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.

Bombers run out of excuses

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Rohan Connolly Simply, with a few exceptions, Essendon's players lack passion and fight.

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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.

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More heroes answer call in Anzac epic

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Rohan Connolly There can't have been a Pies supporter who wasn't having the worst case of deja vu imaginable with two minutes left to play yesterday.

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Bombers delivering skill and grit

Essendon's Alwyn Davey

Rohan Connolly Essendon has now positioned itself as a very serious contender for the top four.

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Bombers pop the cork

Bombers away: Paddy Ryder marks in front of Beau Waters and Sam Lonergan.

Rohan Connolly Champagne football. It's a throwaway line often used as much with irony as a straight face.