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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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.

Bombers snatch thrilling win against Eagles to finally get a happy ending

Dyson Heppell keeps close tabs on Luke Shuey.

Rohan Connolly If Essendon was looking for some sort of emotional boost at the start of this critical game against West Coast, it couldn't have written a better script than what actually unfolded.

Essendon's task against West Coast now a taller order

Teammates congratulate Dean Cox after he scored in Sunday’s big win against Collingwood.

Rohan Connolly West Coast coach Adam Simpson conceded he had little idea what sort of performance his side was going to produce just before Sunday’s demolition job on Collingwood at Patersons Stadium.

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Backline still the key to Bombers' new bounce

On the rise: Essendon players at training.

Rohan Connolly At the start of this season, Essendon tried hard to have the focus turned away from its involvement in the ASADA saga and towards its football.

AFL

Toothless Tigers torn to shreds by Bombers

Dyson Heppell handballs under pressure after a centre clearance.

Rohan Connolly One moment summed up this miserable night for Richmond better than any other.

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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

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Saints turn tide on Bombers

Nick Riewoldt celebrates a goal.

Rohan Connolly Few games this season will undergo as dramatic a transformation as early as did St Kilda's upset 16-point win over Essendon.

AFL

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.

AFL

Essendon saves its best for last in win over Western Bulldogs

Jason Winderlich of the Bombers tackles Easton Wood of the Bulldogs as Essendon skipper Jobe Watson looks on.

Rohan Connolly Essendon was going nowhere fast early in the third quarter against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

AFL

Richmond reaches fork in the road

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Rohan Connolly Richmond has had some embarrassing losses over the years, but few would have rankled with the faithful as much as Saturday’s defeat against Melbourne.

AFL

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly Why does football continue to embarrass itself with episodes that might have been avoided with a little clear thinking? Exhibit Z in this long-running saga is the siren controversy at Adelaide Oval...

Dons hand out a lesson

Jobe Watson and Clinton Jones

Rohan Connolly St Kilda has regularly found itself short of sufficient height and strength in recent times.

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.

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Dons well placed for Pie fright

David Zaharakis.

Rohan Connolly Few players have featured in as important a moment in just their fourth AFL game as did Essendon's David Zaharakis in 2009.

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Lions' pride stuns Dons

Lions dance: Brent Staker (right) celebrates with Jed Adcock after Staker's late goal sealed Brisbane's win.

Rohan Connolly Two statistics best sum up Brisbane's stunning 10-point upset of Essendon.

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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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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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For whom the toll tells

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Rohan Connolly Dons could face final insult if they hold their points.