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.

Sydney loses its appetite for the hard slog

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.

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Time for AFL to heed fans' anger over ticket prices

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Rohan Connolly The AFL hasn't been slow to give itself a pat on the back about the redevelopment of Adelaide Oval.

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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.

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Pre-season: What we've learnt

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Rohan Connolly Here's just a few things we have already gleaned from this February's football.

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Podsiadly ready for new start with Crows

James Podsiadly.

Rohan Connolly James Podsiadly has a bit of a head start on his peers when it comes to any butterflies which might be associated with joining a new club at a more senior age than most recruits.

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Best of the rest still full of hope ahead of drafts

Travis Tuck

Rohan Connolly Never have so many disappointed but still hopeful AFL prospects sweated on their futures as the huge pool awaiting Wednesday's pre-season and rookie drafts.

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Magpies draw short straw

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Rohan Connolly For the second year in a row, Collingwood has ended up with the toughest schedule of all AFL teams – even tougher than it appeared when the 2013 fixture was released.

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Hawks bank on big defender to tip match-up in their favour

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn knew heading into last year's finals series they could use another strong-bodied key defender. But after the preliminary final, it became non-negotiable.

Tippett a tall order for Lake and Hawks defence

Kurt Tippett

Rohan Connolly Last year Hawthorn got a big scare from Kurt Tippett.

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Heady days of Wines, Wingard for young guns from Port

Port's Chad Wingard takes a strong mark ahead of Marley Williams of the Magpies.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide got tremendous service from two dynamic youngsters.

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Blues find their level

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Rohan Connolly Carlton is in a position to turn a mediocre season into a surprisingly successful one.

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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.

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Numbers work wonders

Head over heels: Docker Michael Walters rolls with the crunches in a contest with Sydney's Ted Richards.

Rohan Connolly Of 56 teams in preliminiary finals since 2000, 54 have finished in top four.

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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.

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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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It's business as usual as Swans fly under radar

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Rohan Connolly Were it not for the final two games of 2012, the lead-up to Friday night's big clash between Collingwood and Sydney would be dominated by the concept of the hoodoo.

Petrie turning it on when it counts

Drew Petrie celebrates with Matt Campbell after the latter kicked a goal against Richmond.

Rohan Connolly If North does make it to the finals, Drew Petrie would have been in no small way responsible.

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.

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.

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Hawks are Adelaide's last hurrah

Rohan Connolly They've had a good year, but the Crows don't have enough in their arsenal to beat Hawthorn.