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.

Once a sad case, Sydney became a September specialist

Rohan Connolly When Sydney plays North Melbourne in Friday night's preliminary final, memories of a much darker chapter in the Swans' history will be revived.

How should the Tigers tackle their final hurdle?

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Little has changed in Sydney's world since it last played Richmond. But for the Tigers, who haven't lost a game since, it's a lifetime.

AFL

Essendon's Michael Hurley helps settle the key position debate

Under pressure: Swan Sam Reid is challenged by Michael Hurley at the SCG.

Rohan Connolly For most of this season, integral to any discussion about Essendon’s finals prospects has been the debate about the use of key position players Jake Carlisle and Michael Hurley.

AFL

Sydney's balance still getting the job done

Balance and consistency continue to pervade virtually every aspect of Sydney’s on-field operation.

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

AFL

Beating the bogey the challenge for Tigers, Dons and Swans

Scoot with the loot: Carlton's Chris Judd has enjoyed some fun at the Tigers' expense in recent years. Training for the big game looks pretty cool too.

Rohan Connolly By popular consensus this is the weekend which should have launched the AFL season. Round two is a cracker, full of big games and great rivalries.

Sydney loses its appetite for the hard slog

A despondent Kieren Jack after the Swans' 43-point loss to North Melbourne.

Rohan Connolly In the gloom of a 1-3 start to a season in which many pundits tipped Sydney to win another premiership, there’s at least one statistic from which the Swans can take heart.

AFL

Five of the best to fight out flag

Rohan Connolly

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

All-Australian mid-year team an even affair

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

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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

No room for rigidity

Rohan Connolly sport dinkus

Rohan Connolly Stereotypes have served football well for a long time but the business of pigeonholing in the AFL has become a lot harder in recent years.

AFL

Half a season produces team brim full of talent

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly selects his All-Australian team at the half-way mark of 2013.

AFL

Half a season produces team full of talent

Rohan Connolly's All-Australian team.

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly selects his All-Australian team at the half-way mark of 2013.

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Harder Swans brought Pies unstuck

Rohan Connolly sport dinkus

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

Swans face daunting road trip to west

Chris Mayne and Danyle Pearce of the Dockers celebrate a goal during the qualifying final against Geelong.

Rohan Connolly The Dockers have become a reliable road team under Ross Lyon.

AFL

Team of year outs are as big as the ins

Will Minson.

Rohan Connolly Being an All-Australian selector is a pretty thankless task.

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AFL

Youth leads a changing of the guard

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly When it comes to the best players, there's a definite changing of the guard going on.

Kurt appraisal: Swans harder to pin down with big man on the sidelines

Kurt Tippett

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

AFL

Swans may fly with Tippett on sideline

Rohan Connolly

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

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.