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

Slim pickings for traditional AFL spearheads

Buddy Franklin

Rohan Connolly With a continued emphasis on defence, there's a popular perception that AFL football has become a significantly lower-scoring scrap than it used to be.

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Loss has Tigers chasing tail

Nathan Gordon of the Tigers is tackled by Matthew Boyd of the Bulldogs.

Rohan Connolly After only three rounds, Richmond is already facing an uphill battle to stay in touch with the top of the AFL ladder at 1-2 and facing a challenging next month.

AFL

Western Bulldogs hold off Richmond to record first win of 2014

Jack Macrae collected a game-high 30 possessions.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs have let a 37-point advantage slip before booting the final goal to score a two-point upset win over Richmond.

AFL

Trent Cotchin can't do it all for Tigers

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly A great deal has changed at Richmond over the last five years.

AFL

For Hawthorn's Luke Breust, goals are the gimmick

Jarryd Roughead (left) lines up behind Luke Breust in Launceston as he prepares to kick a goal in the match against the Lions on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly When Hawthorn's Luke Breust reaches into his bag of tricks, he has one goal in mind - scoring.

AFL

Naming hardly shaming for Damien Hardwick

Under pressure: Damien Hardwick.

Rohan Connolly Coaches can't win sometimes. Fail to bring out the big stick after a disappointing performance from their team and they'll cop criticism for being too soft.

AFL

Jake Carlisle report worsens Essendon's forward struggles

Jaker Carlisle.

Rohan Connolly Essendon's revamped forward structure has struck trouble before the AFL season even starts, with new key forward Jake Carlisle facing suspension for kneeing an opponent and the Bombers still...

Ad nauseam: TV launch leaves Bombers sidelined

Rohan Connolly At a particularly controversial and sensitive juncture in AFL football's recent history, conspiracy theories abound. Everywhere.

AFL

Richmond downs Collingwood by 48 points in their NAB Challenge match at Wangaratta

Ground zero: Tiger Matthew Arnot and Magpie Scott Pendlebury battle for the ball during their NAB Challenge match at Wangaratta on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly Victory, not for the first time engineered by Richmond's classiest acts,

AFL

Rewards come for Roos

Flight time: Richmond's Jack Riewoldt flies with the pack for a mark.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne had worked very hard for not much reward by quarter-time.

AFL

Tigers cruise into September

Arms length: Stewart Crameri (left) battles with Alex Rance.

Rohan Connolly No one was quite sure pre-game how Saturday night's clash would pan out.

AFL

Enjoy it, Hardwick tells his Tigers

Essendon club doctor Bruce Reid talks to Richmond coach Damien Hardwick during the match.

Rohan Connolly Richmond coach says team will embrace first appearance in finals series for 12 years.

AFL

Swans may fly with Tippett on sideline

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Perceptions in football can change markedly in the space of just a couple of games.

Tigers stand up but Cats scoot clear

Cat attack: Billie Smedts and Andrew Mackie celebrate.

Rohan Connolly Richmond not humiliated but Geelong's strength proves too much.

AFL

Tigers v Demons: no debate now

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly If a week is a long time in football these days, a little over a year is an eternity. And nothing will underline that better than when co-tenants Richmond and Melbourne face-off at their MCG home on...

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AFL

Tigers sound warning

Dustin Martin

Rohan Connolly This was just the sort of game that last year, would have had Richmond more than a little anxious. Against an opponent in Adelaide down but capable.

Nearly out, but not down

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Rohan Connolly Richmond faces an uphill battle to make the finals for another season.

AFL

Saints stroll to victory

Sure hands: St Kilda’s Arryn Siposs takes a safe chest mark despite the attentions of Giant Nathan Wilson yesterday at Etihad Stadium.

Rohan Connolly St Kilda livewire Stephen Milne kicks five goals to set up a low-pressure win over GWS.

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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Football

Good sign in North defence

Drew Petrie Majak Daw

Rohan Connolly Young North Melbourne defender Shaun Atley appeared for the Roos in both contests.