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.

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Current Cats won't cut it in finals

Rohan Connolly Geelong coach Chris Scott says the Cats are a “glass half-full” football club.

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Maxwell's smarts deserve a fairer hearing from footy folk

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Over the past couple of years, there’s been two guaranteed methods of getting football fans to unleash torrents of venom about something not connected to their club.

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Geelong's second-term burst makes dominance really count

Cameron Guthrie attempts to scoop up the ball

Rohan Connolly Melbourne was still within three goals of Geelong as the quarter-time siren rang at the MCG on Saturday, but seldom this season will an ostensibly gettable defecit prove as deceptive as this one did.

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Geelong and Port Adelaide followed very different paths after 2007

Victors: Geelong players celebrate their 2007 AFL grand final win.

Rohan Connolly Forks in the road of football history don't come a lot sharper than those which followed the events of AFL grand final day in 2007.

AFL

Five of the best to fight out flag

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Rohan Connolly While debate may continue in 2014 about the state of the game and the AFL's handling of the competition, one thing becoming increasingly clear is that the top of the ladder is as competitive as it...

AFL

Count on Cats being there

Rohan Connolly The longer a footballer performs to a consistently high standard, the harder it seems to impress the judges. And so it goes for teams as well.

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AFL

Season 2013: Five of the best

Ashley McGrath takes the Lions over the line; round 13, Brisbane Lions v Geelong.

Rohan Connolly This AFL season will always be remembered more for the incredible events off the field.

AFL

Cut and bruised after a long fall from grace

Tough call: Jordan Gysberts in action for Melbourne against Geelong. He won rave reviews early on.

Rohan Connolly Most players delisted in clubs' annual end-of-season list purges don't raise too many eyebrows.

Cats' back-to-back premiership hopes live on

Joel Selwood.

Rohan Connolly Wounded Geelong weathers Adelaide surge, then runs away to win an entertaining battle.

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Hawks and Cats a rivalry to savour

Geelong v Hawthorn.

Rohan Connolly There can't be a genuine fan of AFL who isn't salivating over the prospect of another epic between Hawthorn and Geelong at the MCG tonight, whatever their club allegiance.

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Beware Geelong's charge from outside the four

James Podsiadly and Tom Hawkins

Rohan Connolly The Cats are a genuine hope to pull off the impossible - win a flag from outside the top four.

Dockers rewrite the script

Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers marks in front of Paul Chapman of the Cats during the second AFL elimination final.

Rohan Connolly The scoreline at quarter-time looked as expected. But the teams were the wrong way round.

No doubts, a young Cat comes of age

Tom Hawkins.

Rohan Connolly Tom Hawkins' fine 2012 has earned him a leadership role.

AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

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

Varcoe: A man for the moment

In full flight: Travis Varcoe against Hawthorn on Monday at his happy hunting
ground, the MCG.

Rohan Connolly Travis Varcoe has been at the centre of many of Geelong's high points in this golden era for the Cats.

AFL

Dogs take it up to Cats

Cat and Dog fight: Cameron Guthrie (left) and Jake Stringer duel for a mark.

Rohan Connolly Western Bulldogs put up a good fight but in the end the Cats take the points.

AFL

New moves for old Cats

Rohan Connolly sport dinkus

Rohan Connolly Geelong's capacity to keep its playing group fresh and hungry over a golden era now spanning seven years has become one of the AFL's best examples of list management.

AFL

One team rules them all

Geelong players celebrate the 2009 grand final.

Rohan Connolly Leigh Matthews' Lions were the equal of today's Cats.

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Battlefront

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Rohan Connolly Contrasting coaching philosophies meet head on in Geelong as defensive Fremantle attempts to counter the attacking Cats.

A predictable result: Cats v Hawks will be tight, and good

Hawthorn v Geelong.

Rohan Connolly The laws of probability suggest that if you toss a coin and continue to call tails, sooner or later you’re going to get it right. Which is how Hawthorn must feel when it comes to playing Geelong.

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