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.

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Lance Franklin a real buddy, says Adam Simpson

Rohan Connolly As Lance Franklin continues to feel his way with his new club, his former line coach Adam Simpson has lent his support to the way the superstar spearhead goes about his work.

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

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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Trent Cotchin can't do it all for Tigers

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly A great deal has changed at Richmond over the last five years.

New season, new look for Melbourne and St Kilda

pick 3 St Kilda Jack Billings
AFL draft 2013 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Picture by John French 21nov2013

Rohan Connolly Melbourne and St Kilda will bear little resemblance to the line-ups of last season when they clash on Saturday - even their coaches are new.

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For Hawthorn's Luke Breust, goals are the gimmick

Jarryd Roughead (left) lines up behind Luke Breust in Launceston as he prepares to kick a goal in the match against the Lions on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly When Hawthorn's Luke Breust reaches into his bag of tricks, he has one goal in mind - scoring.

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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.

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Alastair Clarkson sees some of the Cats about Mark Thompson's Essendon

Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he can already see some signs Essendon is playing a game like the Geelong teams coached by his opposite number Mark Thompson.

Ad nauseam: TV launch leaves Bombers sidelined

Rohan Connolly At a particularly controversial and sensitive juncture in AFL football's recent history, conspiracy theories abound. Everywhere.

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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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Players may leave, but fans stick with their AFL clubs

Sydney Swans player Lance Buddy Franklin in the Emirates marquee at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

Rohan Connolly No image has ever spoken more poignantly about the connection between a professional footballer of any code and a club than a moment at Old Trafford in late April of 1974.

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He's a happy Hooker now

Cale Hooker.

Rohan Connolly Cale Hooker has come a long way since chasing Lance Franklin around the MCG in 2010.

Hawks focus on one goal

Handy: Jarryd Roughead (left) is having a fine season, while Lance Franklin shares the load.

Rohan Connolly In '61 Hawthorn won 12 straight and a flag. It wants a repeat.

Dons forwards must deliver

North's Nathan Grima chases Essendon's Stewart Crameri.

Rohan Connolly It's not often that one finds the top two teams on the ladder meeting this late in the season.

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Best of both worlds for Hawks

Hawks and bombers.

Rohan Connolly In the simmering rivalry now three decades old, it's been Hawthorn which has very much held the upper hand in recent times.

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.

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Hawk Cyril Rioli in doubt for Swans finals clash

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24:  Cyril Rioli of the Hawks leaves the field injured during the round 22 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn small forward Cyril Rioli is in doubt for Friday's AFL qualifying final against Sydney at the MCG after failing to train with the main group on Thursday.

AFL

Hawks can beat Kennett curse

Hawthorn v Sydney

Rohan Connolly Each time Hawthorn and Geelong have clashed since 2008, it has felt like a final.

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Two sides to selection headaches

Paul Chapman

Rohan Connolly Cats' fallen stars and ragged rucks give Hawks an edge.

AFL

All set for the big showdown

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly With either team a sentimental favourite, the hard-nosed pick is the potent Hawthorn.