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.

Fremantle only a tweak or two away from genuine firepower

Rohan Connolly Sunday's win over Hawthorn proved it won't take much for Fremantle to become a far bigger flag threat.

For Geelong, it's not about this year

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Geelong won't win the 2014 premiership, but the future remains bright for the Cats.

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Bottom-placed Saints stun Fremantle in upset of the season

What a win: Nick Riewold and Leigh Montagna.

Rohan Connolly St Kilda has given Lenny Hayes the perfect retirement present with a staggering 58-point win over Fremantle.

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Fremantle engine running rough

Ross Lyon has been hosing down any talk that his side, at 3-3 and hanging on to a spot in the eight by a thread, might be in trouble.

Rohan Connolly Ross Lyon isn’t one to panic. So it isn't any great surprise that the Fremantle coach has been hosing down any talk that his side, at 3-3 and hanging on to a spot in the eight by a thread,...

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Port Adelaide powers out of the defensive box

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Rohan Connolly The past decade of football has been an interesting case study for those who enjoy taking the big-picture view of the game and its continued evolution.

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Five of the best to fight out flag

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...

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Fremantle formula frustrates foes

Ross Lyon’s Dockers, closing in on the top four, are doing a fair impression of Ali’s rope-a-dope.

Rohan Connolly Ross Lyon’s Dockers, closing in on the top four, are doing a fair impression of Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope.

Bob Rose or Malcolm Blight?

Ross Lyon

Rohan Connolly Whether Ross Lyon's coaching career follows the path of Bob Rose (close, but no premierships) or Malcolm Blight (three defeats then back-to-back flags), the Docker will never be one to be overwhelmed...

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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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Season 2014: Collingwood and Fremantle both vulnerable

The opening game of the 2014 season will see two top-four contenders fight for their legitimacy.

Rohan Connolly If a football team is only as good as its most vulnerable part, Friday night's season-opener between Collingwood and Fremantle should be an intriguing match-up.

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Freo, no offence but ...

Ross Lyon

Rohan Connolly Defence wins premierships has become a favourite mantra of modern-day football. But it's a simplistic cliche that tells only half the story.

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'Lame' response on game

Neil Balme

Emma Quayle and Rohan Connolly The timing of the AFL's ''captain's pick'' game would prompt Heath Shaw to ''kindly decline'' any offer to play in it.

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AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.

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Eagles to soar highest

Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui will have an impact in the marathon that is an AFL season.

Rohan Connolly Rarely have so many been in the hunt for the major prize.

Pies, Dons can dig deep

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Rohan Connolly Already, 2013 is looking likely to be a premiership won by depth as much as class.

Freo flag is no fantasy

Rohan Connolly Ross Lyon's team deserves enormous credit for what it's done so far this season.

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Swingmen back in fashion

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Rohan Connolly As positional switches go, they don't come a lot more effective than the key move made during Essendon's nail-biting win over Carlton last Friday night.

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Battlefront

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Rohan Connolly Contrasting coaching philosophies meet head on in Geelong as defensive Fremantle attempts to counter the attacking Cats.

Dockers' hopes rest in Pavlich's hands

Matthew Pavlich

Rohan Connolly The Dockers in 2013 are experts in applying the brakes, but still with a bit to learn about hitting the accelerator.

Tougher Tigers pass test

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Rohan Connolly Richmond, and Chris Newman, will get to play finals.

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