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.
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...
Rohan Connolly The list of clubs that came close will be truly remarkable when the siren sounds on season 2014.
Rohan Connolly It's not often that one finds the top two teams on the ladder meeting this late in the season.
Rohan Connolly Dons could face final insult if they hold their points.
Rohan Connolly St Kilda has regularly found itself short of sufficient height and strength in recent times.
Rohan Connolly Already, 2013 is looking likely to be a premiership won by depth as much as class.
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.
Rohan Connolly Two statistics best sum up Brisbane's stunning 10-point upset of Essendon.
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.
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.
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.
Rohan Connolly Simply, with a few exceptions, Essendon's players lack passion and fight.
Rohan Connolly Despite the tipping, the Bombers ended up doing a number on the Blues.
Rohan Connolly Carlton goes down to Essendon in one of those results that confounds all logic and form.
Rohan Connolly There can't have been a Pies supporter who wasn't having the worst case of deja vu imaginable with two minutes left to play yesterday.
Rohan Connolly ESSENDON has retained one of its most valuable assets with star big man Paddy Ryder re-signing with the club on a four-year deal, ending speculation he could be poached by Greater Western Sydney or...
Rohan Connolly There has been, and will be far, far better games of football this season than Melbourne's six-point win over Essendon last night.
Rohan Connolly Sydney's thrilling four-point win over Essendon last night threw up all sorts of bizarre numbers. The bottom line, though, was that once again these two teams served up a blinder.
The Connolly Report
Rohan Connolly A season as tight as 2012 is likely to come down to measures as fine as a matter of centimetres or seconds. And Essendon knows all about that now.
Rohan Connolly Do coaches make teams or teams make coaches? It's a perennial football question, one at times that is almost impossible to answer, but one worth pondering again after two crucial and surprising...