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

Time for coach Brad Scott to get nasty with North Melbourne

Rohan Connolly Despite the inevitable debate it provoked, North Melbourne coach Brad Scott’s post-match confrontation with Brisbane’s Tom Rockliff on Saturday night is really neither here nor there.

AFL

Collingwood missing the scoreboard spread

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Rohan Connolly For most of this year, any discussion about Collingwood's capacity to challenge for the premiership has gone hand-in-hand with the debate about the form of Travis Cloke.

AFL

North Melbourne's romp over Lions little more than a training run

Andrew Swallow and Ryan Lester

Rohan Connolly The signs weren't good for Brisbane well before North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey posted the first goal of Saturday night's game at Etihad Stadium seven minutes in.

AFL

Defence the fine line between North Melbourne's pleasure and pain

Solid: Lachie Hansen is proving a handy intercept player in North's defence.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne is starting to realise just how fine a line can exist between success and failure. And the Roos’ opponent this weekend, Richmond, knows a bit about it, too.

AFL

Pre-season: What we've learnt

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Rohan Connolly Here's just a few things we have already gleaned from this February's football.

Hawks tease Kangaroos

No way out: Hawk Cyril Rioli sandwiched between two Kangaroos.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn secures home qualifying final and all but puts North Melbourne out of finals.

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Fumbles put AFL bosses firmly in spotlight

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Rohan Connolly Tomorrow night's blockbuster between Hawthorn and Geelong should be a beauty. And it certainly can't come quickly enough for the AFL, which needs a win far more desperately than either the Cats or...

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Opinion

Selwood ruling misses the mark

Geelong's Joel Selwood

Rohan Connolly When over-sensitivity is the order of the day, a sledgehammer is the best tool to crack a walnut.

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No punch line in big brother joke

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Rohan Connolly When the brothers Selwood collided at Subiaco, the byplay which followed attracted more amusement than any concern

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Roos looking the goods for finals

North Melbourne's Daniel Wells, Brent Harvey and Scott McMahon sing the team song in the rooms after their win over Essendon.

Rohan Connolly After a thumping by Hawthorn, North Melbourne has improved by leaps and bounds.

AFL

Pies start hot, go cold

Cross purposes: Roos Scott McMahon (left) and Luke Delaney have Pie Chris Tarrant covered last night.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne continues its run of form, defeating Collingwood by 30 points.

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.

North Melbourne's high hopes

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Rohan Connolly On the back of reaching the finals this year - and with a third altitude training camp under their belts - the Kangaroos are looking forward to 2013.

AFL's year of triumph and ignominy

Rohan Connolly We review a year of on-field glory and off-field ignominy, and look forward to next season.

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.

AFL coaches: the class of 2013

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Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.

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AFL

Two more Roos sign new deals to stay with 'family'

North's Scott McMahon.

Rohan Connolly Experienced defender Scott McMahon and promising forward Robbie Tarrant latest to recommit.

AFL

Roos put bite on Dogs

North Melbourne v Western Bulldogs

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne's 54-point win over Bulldogs a pleasant reversal of fortune.

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.

Kangaroos capable of producing a twist in the tail

Kangaroos celebrate

Rohan Connolly This could end up being the year of what-ifs for North Melbourne.