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.

Adam Simpson's new state of mind

Eagles coach Adam Simpson.

Rohan Connolly Adam Simpson has been in Perth for six months now, but it didn't take nearly that long to work out how proud the locals are about their home state.

New Blue out of the Woods

Cameron Wood

Rohan Connolly Cameron Wood wasn't always a favourite of Collingwood fans during his five years with the Magpies, but he was with his teammates, a fact underlined again when the ruckman was selected in the AFL...

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Bombers run wild on big stage

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Rohan Connolly There was a time, only a couple of years ago, when Essendon would have as good as lost a game such as Thursday night's against West Coast at Patersons Stadium before its plane had even left the...

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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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Power have the glory, and the midfield

A Power fan cheers her team on.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide is rapidly turning into the feel-good story of 2013.

Pies pair need to ruffle Eagles

Still No. 1: Travis Cloke, despite the criticism, is the AFL leader for contested marks.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood has to win tonight to avoid being overtaken by West Coast.

Flag hopes: necks on line

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Rohan Connolly A battle within a battle looms this week for the teams in the top eight.

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.

Pies and Crows look vulnerable

Chris Dawes struggled to be competitive against the Hawks.

Rohan Connolly It is pretty easy to jump off the bandwagon of a qualifying final loser. Easy and almost always wrong.

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Magpies get their reward

Collingwood

Rohan Connolly Collingwood can, and has, played a lot better quality football than it did last night, and will certainly need to if it is to have any chance of winning the premiership.

Sorry Jack, but three aces trumped you

Richmond's Jack Riewoldt

Rohan Connolly It goes without saying that you can't please everyone when picking an All-Australian team, but generally you'll find reasonable consensus about at least 75 per cent of those selected.

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Eagles to soar highest

Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui will have an impact in the marathon that is an AFL season.

Rohan Connolly Rarely have so many been in the hunt for the major prize.

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At last, a chance for shunned kid to show class

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Rohan Connolly Seldom if ever will an AFL club have been as relieved to see the start of a season as Essendon when the Bombers kick off 2013 against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium on Friday night.

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Bombers relish chance to play

Essendon coach James Hird during training. 21stMarch 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Rohan Connolly Seldom if ever will an AFL club have been as relieved to see the start of a season as Essendon.

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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.

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.

Eagles still need to prove themselves

West Coast celebrates

Rohan Connolly You won't find too many Melbourne pundits giving West Coast much of a flag chance.

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The year of playing surprisingly

Rohan Connolly's mid-year all-Australian AFL selections

Rohan Connolly It stands to reason that a mid-year All-Australian team would feature a few unlikely names.

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Taking care of business

On the prowl: Geelong's Allen Christensen (left) celebrates a goal in yesterday's convincing win to secure a grand final meeting with Collingwood.

Rohan Connolly After Geelong kicked the first three goals of the second half, the game was all but over.

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Journey into the unknown

2012 season.

Rohan Connolly With another debutant team and so many new coaches, we're in for a turbulent season in 2012.