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.

Essendon coach Mark Thompson at a loss over Bombers' concentration lapses

Rohan Connolly Essendon will get to play its elimination final in Melbourne next week, but coach Mark Thompson remains at a loss to explain the lapses in concentration which saw his team only just scrape out of its...

Essendon's 'incredible' effort to reach the finals: Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson:

Rohan Connolly With his side's spot in the 2014 finals all but booked, Essendon coach Mark Thompson has paid tribute to the mental resolve of his players in overcoming the ongoing distractions of the long-running...

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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.

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Mark Thompson says Essendon must regain respect

Mark Thompson.

Rohan Connolly New Bombers coach wants his team and club to do things well in 2014, but after the shame of the supplements scandal, he's placing an even higher priority on doing things right.

Essendon's David Myers came 'pretty close' to giving up on AFL dream

David Myers

Rohan Connolly With his body right and some consistent game time under his belt, Essendon's David Myers is finally delivering on the package the Bombers paid for seven years ago.

Drama as Carlton and Essendon play first draw of AFL season in final round

Essendon v Carlton AFL MCG , Dustin Fletcher , Bryce Gibbs and Dyson Heppell fly for a mark
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Sunday the 6th of April 2014

Rohan Connolly The first draw of the year in the AFL came on the penultimate day of a six-month home-and-away season and was probably a fitting result, given that both Carlton and Essendon at one stage had led by...

North Melbourne and Essendon final a battle of inconsistency

Expect the unexpected when Essendon or North are involved.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne and Essendon have both proved they can play decent football this season. But for how long?

Essendon has to deal with some big decisions

Tom Bellchambers (L) Michael Hibberd (C) and Jobe Watson of the Bombers walk off after their defeat during the Second Elimination AFL Final against North Melbourne,

Rohan Connolly Essendon has dealt with plenty of uncertainty off the field. But there's plenty to be sorted out for the Bombers on it as well.

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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.

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Essendon's win over Collingwood has major ramifications for finals

Essendon champion Dustin Fletcher may well play another AFL season in 2015.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood is now in serious danger of missing finals action for the first time since 2005.

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Essendon supplements saga becomes AFL's Watergate

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Rohan Connolly Lies, cover-ups, agendas, duplicity and, in terms of careers in the game, an increasing body count. Sound familiar? We haven’t had the movie yet, but surely that’s coming in time.

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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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Riewoldt on song, but Dons out of tune

On high: Saint Sean Dempster takes a big grab.

Len Johnson and Rohan Connolly Few would have predicted St Kilda to be 3-2 after five rounds.

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Geelong and Port Adelaide followed very different paths after 2007

Victors: Geelong players celebrate their 2007 AFL grand final win.

Rohan Connolly Forks in the road of football history don't come a lot sharper than those which followed the events of AFL grand final day in 2007.

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Murphy finally making his mark for Blues

Leading light: Carlton’s Marc Murphy evades Eagle Dean Cox.

Rohan Connolly Carlton's amazing comeback win over West Coast on Saturday could be an important moment in the Blues' season.

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Mark Harvey: a sort of homecoming

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly The scene is an induction ceremony for five newly-installed members of Essendon’s Hall of Fame.

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Finals still a long way off for Essendon, Carlton and Richmond

Essendon is desperate for JasonWinderlich to return.

Rohan Connolly For all its championing of a national philosophy, the AFL is never happier than when the establishment clubs in the game’s heartland are doing well.

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Joe Daniher and Ty Vickery dropped for Essendon and Richmond Dreamtime clash

Tiger bright:  Forward Ty Vickery.

Rohan Connolly and Daniel Cherny Essendon and Richmond have both lost patience with key forwards ahead of their Saturday night "Dreamtime" clash at the MCG.

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Gap between Essendon and the best is a yawning chasm

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly When ASADA finally delivered those long-promised “show cause” notices to the bulk of Essendon’s senior list last week, an already difficult season for the Bombers became a lot more...

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Power of the people forces Cats backflip

Rohan Connolly Geelong's decision to slug non-members to watch training sessions backfires.