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.

Essendon has to deal with some big decisions

Rohan Connolly Essendon has dealt with plenty of uncertainty off the field. But there's plenty to be sorted out for the Bombers on it as well.

Essendon's task against West Coast now a taller order

Teammates congratulate Dean Cox after he scored in Sunday’s big win against Collingwood.

Rohan Connolly West Coast coach Adam Simpson conceded he had little idea what sort of performance his side was going to produce just before Sunday’s demolition job on Collingwood at Patersons Stadium.

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Backline still the key to Bombers' new bounce

On the rise: Essendon players at training.

Rohan Connolly At the start of this season, Essendon tried hard to have the focus turned away from its involvement in the ASADA saga and towards its football.

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Saints turn tide on Bombers

Nick Riewoldt celebrates a goal.

Rohan Connolly Few games this season will undergo as dramatic a transformation as early as did St Kilda's upset 16-point win over Essendon.

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Risk-free football does fans no favours

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Rohan Connolly Nothing in football is certain, but if empirical evidence is any guide, Monday’s Geelong-Hawthorn clash will be a belter. Let’s hope so. Because the AFL has seldom needed one more.

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.

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly They were fast, they were slick, and they were very, very good. Gold Coast is a great team to watch, and as North Melbourne will now testify, pretty damn effective, too.

AFL

Why AFL should consider bonus points

Jarryd Roughead and Ryan Schoenmakers.

Rohan Connolly New AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan plans to speak to AFL coaches about encouraging exciting football.

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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

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Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, from midday.

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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.

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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...

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World's best father-son

Greatest father-son combination?

Rohan Connolly Gary Ablett seems to raise the bar just a little higher each time he plays.

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Ruthless Bombers

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06:  Jobe Watson of the Bombers runs with the ball away from Jimmy Toumpas of the Demons during the round two AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 6, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Two passages of play a couple of minutes apart said all that needed to be said about Melbourne and Essendon.

Pies, Dons can dig deep

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Rohan Connolly Already, 2013 is looking likely to be a premiership won by depth as much as class.

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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

He's a happy Hooker now

Cale Hooker.

Rohan Connolly Cale Hooker has come a long way since chasing Lance Franklin around the MCG in 2010.

AFL

Round 20 wash-up: Rohan Connolly's live blog

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Rohan Connolly Essendon has a right to fight the stripping of its premiership points for this season. Perversely, though, there's another potential disaster looming if, in fact, the Bombers hang on to them.

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The shock trooper

Nathan Lovett-Murray

Rohan Connolly AFL life after 30 is looking good for Nathan Lovett-Murray, even if he continues to get more attention for his life off the football field.

Sheedy's 1000

Triumph: Sheedy heads upfield in the 1973 grand final and there's nothing Carlton's Bruce Doull can do about it.

Rohan Connolly The 10 most significant games of Kevin Sheedy's 1000-game playing and coaching career in the VFL and AFL.

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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.