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

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

For Essendon's David Zaharakis, positivity pays off

Essendon AFL player David Zaharakis speaking to students at Essendon Keilor College.

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 saves its best for last in win over Western Bulldogs

Jason Winderlich of the Bombers tackles Easton Wood of the Bulldogs as Essendon skipper Jobe Watson looks on.

Rohan Connolly Essendon was going nowhere fast early in the third quarter against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

AFL

Finals still a long way off for Essendon, Carlton and Richmond

Essendon is desperate for JasonWinderlich to return.

Rohan Connolly For all its championing of a national philosophy, the AFL is never happier than when the establishment clubs in the game’s heartland are doing well.

AFL

Toothless Tigers torn to shreds by Bombers

Dyson Heppell handballs under pressure after a centre clearance.

Rohan Connolly One moment summed up this miserable night for Richmond better than any other.

AFL

Gap between Essendon and the best is a yawning chasm

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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...

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.

AFL

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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Defeated Bombers can take heart

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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.

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.