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

Fate not kind to Dean Bailey

Rohan Connolly Fate wasn’t kind to Dean Bailey when it came to timing, neither in football nor in the much larger game of life.

AFL

Lifetimes of memories and legends depart Windy Hill

New home: Removalists transport the painting <em>When We Played Football</em> at Windy Hill.

Rohan Connolly The Bombers are gone, but it's still sacred ground to fans

AFL

Essendon must find the answers to late slumps

Jobe Watson

Rohan Connolly July, August and September is increasingly proving Essendon's biggest problem.

AFL

Shades of the Baby Bombers for Hawthorn

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn and Essendon don't have a lot in common save a healthy on-field enmity for one another, but there are a few old Bombers who this week might have identified with at least half the Hawks...

AFL

A fire-proof coach would have job on toast

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Rohan Connolly Perhaps the most significant comment during soap opera came from chairman Don McLardy.

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Cloke saga sparks Tiger memories

Richmond star David Cloke

Rohan Connolly There will be a sense of deja vu at Punt Road, writes Rohan Connolly.

Sheedy's 1000

Triumph: Sheedy heads upfield in the 1973 grand final and there's nothing Carlton's Bruce Doull can do about it.

Rohan Connolly The 10 most significant games of Kevin Sheedy's 1000-game playing and coaching career in the VFL and AFL.

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Defeated Bombers can take heart

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Rohan Connolly Missed it by that much will be the popular reaction to Essendon's nail-biting loss in Adelaide.

AFL

'He was a great mate who loved a beer and loved to be around his teammates.'

Merv Neagle

Rohan Connolly MERV Neagle played 147 games for Essendon over nine seasons, a fair innings yet not enough to put him among the all-time greats of the club in terms of service or status.

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Remembering a true Bombers favourite

Rohan Connolly For many Essendon fans of a middle age, Merv Neagle - who died yesterday - will always occupy a special place in their hearts and memories.

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Small steps first for Cameron

He will be Giant: Leon Cameron is excited by being assistant coach to Kevin Sheedy next year and at the prospect of taking over in 2014.

Rohan Connolly Kevin Sheedy's heir has been struck by the ''energy'' coming out of the Giants' camp.

AFL

He's a loyal Folau, says Sheedy

Israel Folau

Rohan Connolly Israel Folau may have chosen union because he was to be used as anti-AFL propaganda tool.

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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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Some teams will, some teams won't

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Rohan Connolly Sometimes clubs get on a roll against certain opponents, like the Crows against the Swans.

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Opposites are drawn together

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Rohan Connolly Essendon and Sydney have been serving up quality games of football for a long time. And there's no reason to think tonight's clash at Etihad Stadium will see any departure from the usual script.

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A starting point between Blues and Bombers

VFL Essendon - Jubilant teammates defeat Carlton on 17 August, 1981. From left, Paul Van Der Haar, Grant Fowler, Glen Hawker, Merv Neagle and Terry Daniher (no. 5), congratulate Neale Daniher (second from right) after his match-winning gaol against Carlton. [First left unidentified and not included in published picture]THE AGE ARCHIVES Neg. No: S 25803.

Rohan Connolly They've shared evenly 32 premierships, the most in the AFL. They’ve squared off in no fewer than six grand finals.

Hunt and Folau set to have last laugh

Israel Folau

Rohan Connolly The former NRL stars are answering their critics, writes Rohan Connolly.

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AFL

Strong and smart, maybe the league boys can play

Karmichael Hunt

Rohan Connolly AFL fans can be a cynical bunch, so nothing was bound to prompt as big an outbreak of scepticism among the ranks of diehards than the decision of two clubs yet to even play to unveil two rugby league...

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Pre-season six-pack

Shane Tuck

Rohan Connolly NAB Cup can turn up some even more profound results on an individual level.

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Journey into the unknown

2012 season.

Rohan Connolly With another debutant team and so many new coaches, we're in for a turbulent season in 2012.