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

Sydney's balance still getting the job done

Rohan Connolly Sydney could hardly be better-placed for a tilt at a third premiership in 10 seasons than it is right now.

AFL

All-Australian mid-year team an even affair

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Rohan Connolly Season 2014 is shaping up as one of the most closely contested in years.

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AFL

Blues pip West Coast at the post

Marc Murphy and Dean Cox

Rohan Connolly Carlton staged a dramatic late comeback to pinch a three-point AFL win over West Coast on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium.

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

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.

Adam Simpson's new state of mind

Eagles coach Adam Simpson.

Rohan Connolly Adam Simpson has been in Perth for six months now, but it didn't take nearly that long to work out how proud the locals are about their home state.

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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AFL

Harder Swans brought Pies unstuck

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Rohan Connolly In an era in which it's hard for teams to string together any number of wins, The Pie's winning streak over Sydney was one of the game's most significant.

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AFL

Worsfold's legacy speaks for itself

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Rohan Connolly In the end, John Worsfold's departure as West Coast coach wasn't a massive surprise. If the Eagles were far and away the most disappointing team of the 2013 AFL season, their coach didn't exactly set...

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AFL

The clash we all wanted to see - and one week early to boot

Hawthorn v Geelong.

Rohan Connolly Geelong's eventual win has at least given us Melburnians two bumper games to close out the season.

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AFL

Swans may fly with Tippett on sideline

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

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Record means little against the rapidly advancing tide

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Rohan Connolly MANY factors can kill an AFL coaching stint. At Carlton, for Brett Ratten, who'll take charge of the Blues for the final time against St Kilda on Sunday, it's been the convergence of several.

Crows by a nose on Swans

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Rohan Connolly The visiting Swans will push the Crows early, but Adelaide has the better form.

Pies and Crows look vulnerable

Chris Dawes struggled to be competitive against the Hawks.

Rohan Connolly It is pretty easy to jump off the bandwagon of a qualifying final loser. Easy and almost always wrong.

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Magpies get their reward

Collingwood

Rohan Connolly Collingwood can, and has, played a lot better quality football than it did last night, and will certainly need to if it is to have any chance of winning the premiership.

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Rest key to Sydney's hopes

Adam Goodes and Josh Kennedy of the Swans celebrate after Goodes kicked a goal during the Second AFL Qualifying Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Sydney Swans at AAMI Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.

Rohan Connolly The Swans could be buoyed by preliminary finals history.

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

Time to collide

Luke Hodge of the Hawks is challenged by Jarrad McVeigh of the Swans in round 22.

Rohan Connolly While it won't be a blowout, Hawthorn's superior skills and potent attack should deliver the flag.

AFL

Gutsiest win was a true epic

Tripping the light: Adam Goodes and Jarrad McVeigh hoist aloft the cup of dreams.

Rohan Connolly Has there been a better grand final? Arguably not. Has there been a gutsier win than Sydney's 10-point triumph over a warm favourite? While we're still smitten in the afterglow of an absolute epic,...

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AFL

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.