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.

For Geelong, it's not about this year

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

Fremantle only a tweak or two away from genuine firepower

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

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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 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.

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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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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...

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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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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Freo's coming of age a reason to celebrate

Rohan Connolly Football has grown up a bit since the AFL first dealt with a team outside Victoria.

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All set for the big showdown

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

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Anyone's guess. Perfect.

Matthew Pavlich

Rohan Connolly Is it Hawthorn or Fremantle that goes into the premiership decider in better nick?

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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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Dockers rewrite the script

Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers marks in front of Paul Chapman of the Cats during the second AFL elimination final.

Rohan Connolly The scoreline at quarter-time looked as expected. But the teams were the wrong way round.

Dockers live by Lyon's lore

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon.

Rohan Connolly For Ross Lyon, it's about a job. And for him and his side, it's a job only partially done.

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Lyon-sized Dockers show finals quality

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Rohan Connolly There's a parallel between Ross Lyon as coach of St Kilda and his efforts at Fremantle.

Sorry Jack, but three aces trumped you

Richmond's Jack Riewoldt

Rohan Connolly It goes without saying that you can't please everyone when picking an All-Australian team, but generally you'll find reasonable consensus about at least 75 per cent of those selected.

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