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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


Jake Carlisle report worsens Essendon's forward struggles

Jaker Carlisle.

Rohan Connolly Essendon's revamped forward structure has struck trouble before the AFL season even starts, with new key forward Jake Carlisle facing suspension for kneeing an opponent and the Bombers still...


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.


Simon Madden to provide experience to Essendon's board

Simon Madden

Rohan Connolly Simon Madden, after more than 40 years with the club as a player and coach, he is taking up the cudgels from arguably an even more influential position at the board table.


Bomber looking for the right stuff

Essendon's Mark Thompson Listens to Paul Little during the presser .13th November 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Rohan Connolly Essendon coach wants to do well in 2014, but priority is to do things right.


Bombers chairman Paul Little dismisses ASADA infraction talk

Essendon's Paul Little

Rohan Connolly Essendon AFL chairman Paul Little has rubbished reports some players could be facing infraction notices from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, and possible suspensions.

Bomber bill a 'misunderstanding'

Bill Farr colour illustration .

Rohan Connolly Essendon coach Mark Thompson has used personal experience to defend two of his players who were involved in an incident at an Albert Park restaurant last weekend.


Power of the people forces Cats backflip

Rohan Connolly

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

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Steady hand steered Dons to a better place


Rohan Connolly Some AFL club presidents could depart the scene and barely leave a ripple in their wake.

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There's no comic relief when truth, and players, are the first casualties of Essendon-AFL war

Rohan Connolly sport dinkus

Rohan Connolly If the Essendon drug saga was a Batman comic, Wednesday's edition would have gone overboard with captions like 'Biff!', 'Whack' and 'Kapow!'


Bomber the man to fill the breach


Rohan Connolly Mark Thompson's original club has never required him to step up to the plate more than right now.


Bombers play copycats

Rohan Connolly opinon dinkus

Rohan Connolly Essendon has spent much of the past three years aspiring to emulate Geelong.

Big Ben times run right

Rohan Connolly ESSENDON coach James Hird was asked on radio this week about the importance of the lesser lights to a team's continued improvement.

Howlett puts name in lights

Rohan Connolly sport dinkus

Rohan Connolly Essendon coach James Hird, interviewed on SEN the other day, was asked a question about the importance of the lesser lights to a team's continued improvement.

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Bombers run out of excuses


Rohan Connolly Simply, with a few exceptions, Essendon's players lack passion and fight.

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Dons turn it around on the road

The Bombers celebrate after their round-one win over Adelaide.

Rohan Connolly Essendon had barely left the MCG after walloping Melbourne by 148 points last Saturday when preparations for Friday night's game against Fremantle at Patersons Stadium began.

The greatest team of all

A job well done: Joel Selwood with the 2011 premiership trophy, the Cats' third in the AFL era.

Rohan Connolly A beautiful set of numbers shows why Geelong is clearly the best team of the AFL era.