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.

All-Australians: a team brimming with new faces

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Rohan Connolly Whichever players end up being announced this year's All Australians on Tuesday evening, no one will be able to argue there has not been a significant changing of the guard.

A few flutters for the flag favourites

Ollie Wines played a pivotal role in Port Adelaide's semi-final win.

Rohan Connolly Recent finals history has been turned on its head. And now Port Adelaide and North Melbourne go into their preliminary finals with plenty of momentum.

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Hawks' 12th flag could be their best

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Rohan Connolly It goes without saying Hawthorn is the most successful club of football’s last 50 years, 10 of its 11 premierships won since 1971, a strike rate of one flag every 4.

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Hawthorn to test the mettle of the AFL's up-and-coming Gold Coast Suns

The challenge for Gold Coast's midfield against the Hawks is almost a microcosm of the bigger team picture.

Rohan Connolly If the AFL could have written a script for how the first of its two latest expansion clubs should perform on the field, it probably wouldn’t have been a lot different to the story of Gold...

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Hawthorn picks Luke Lowden for first game after six-year wait

Luke Lowden playing in the VFL in 2012.

Rohan Connolly After a six-year wait, Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden will finally make his AFL debut in Launceston on Saturday against West Coast.

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Hawthorn continues to have the wood on Carlton

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Rohan Connolly Should Hawthorn defeat Carlton as expected at the MCG on Friday night, the Blues will be handed another unwanted slice of history in an era in which they’ve already had several.

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Low-flying Hawks about to be thrust back into the spotlight

The continued development of Brad Hill (right), seen here celebrating a goal with Ben Ross, has been critical to Hawthorn's contuinued success.

Rohan Connolly It seems absurd that the AFL’s reigning premier, second on the ladder, could somehow manage to fly under the radar, but Hawthorn lately seems to have managed it.

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AFL season 2014: The most even in recent memory

The premiership battle will be much closer in 2014.

Rohan Connolly The list of clubs that came close will be truly remarkable when the siren sounds on season 2014.

Cool Hawks find path to completion

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

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Cool Hawks find path to completion

Hawthorn celebrates winning the 2013 Premiership

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

GRAND FINAL 2013

Redemption a powerful force as Hawthorn charges to premiership No.11

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn won the contested possession. It won the clearances. It won the tackle count. Unlike last year, when it also dominated most of the key statistical indicators but couldn't convert that edge...

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The scare Hawks had to have

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn has the fundamentals in place to win the flag.

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Bulldogs end the drought

Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn.

Rohan Connolly Few NAB Cup wins of recent times will have been accompanied by as many smiles as greeted the Western Bulldogs’ one-point thriller over Hawthorn on Friday night.

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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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Cats inflict more pain on Hawks

Mitch Duncan celebrates.

Rohan Connolly It's a familiar tale for Hawthorn as it slumps to a 10th straight loss to Gelong.

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Clarkson all set for run to the flag

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson walks out onto the field during the match against North Melbourne.

Rohan Connolly Relieved Hawthorn coach can start planning his side's finals assault.

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.

Hawks prove they're made of right stuff

Collingwood v Hawthorn

Rohan Connolly Before yesterday it still somehow felt like Hawthorn had some sort of question to answer.

Hawks widen their options

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Rohan Connolly The pieces of the flag jigsaw are coming together for Hawthorn.

Burgoyne can bring home bacon

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Rohan Connolly There are plenty of reasons why Hawthorn now seems a premiership standout.