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.

AFL

Is Mick Malthouse the man to rebuild the Blues?

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Rohan Connolly A couple of former prime ministers have had bold declarations come back to haunt them. Bob Hawke's line about no child living in poverty and Julia Gillard's insistence about no carbon tax will...

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Message for Carlton: no messiahs in the modern game

Carlton Football Club.

Rohan Connolly Carlton is a club with major issues at several levels. Its players lack fight and on-field direction.

Adam Simpson's new state of mind

Eagles coach Adam Simpson.

Rohan Connolly Adam Simpson has been in Perth for six months now, but it didn't take nearly that long to work out how proud the locals are about their home state.

AFL

Richmond loses Alex Rance to injury for clash with Carlton

Alex Rance (left), seen here preventing Melbourne's Cameron Pedersen from getting the ball, will miss the game against Carlton.

Rohan Connolly Richmond has lost key defender Alex Rance to injury but restored feisty small forward Jake King to its line-up for the clash with nemesis Carlton.

AFL

Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people.

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Expansion day no horror movie

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly The first part of Saturday’s double-header certainly delivered an unexpected plot.

AFL

Stats show Collingwood's Malthouse-to-Buckley transition complete

Nathan Buckley.

Rohan Connolly As Collingwood enters its third season under the coaching of Nathan Buckley, the signs continue that the transition from the Magpie model of predecessor Mick Malthouse is all but complete.

AFL

Test for Blues, Tigers get off lightly

Chris Judd

Rohan Connolly Carlton was the beneficiary of Essendon's stunning expulsion from the 2013 finals series, but the Blues have paid something of a price two months down the track for their good fortune.

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Carlton's Dale Thomas confident he'll play round one

Dale Thomas.

Rohan Connolly Carlton recruit Dale Thomas says he has no idea why his former club Collingwood have doubts over his playing future and he's confident his ankle problems won't stop him playing in round one.

New Blue out of the Woods

Cameron Wood

Rohan Connolly Cameron Wood wasn't always a favourite of Collingwood fans during his five years with the Magpies, but he was with his teammates, a fact underlined again when the ruckman was selected in the AFL...

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Darren Jolly blasts Nathan Buckley as a 'coward'

Darren Jolly.

Rohan Connolly Disillusioned Darren Jolly concedes his AFL career is over, but not without some fierce parting shots at the manner in which it ended.

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Thomas primed to excel from round one: Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Former Collingwood premiership player having his training load managed.

Need to pull on a boot? Pull the other one

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Rohan Connolly Mick Malthouse's fractious relationship with the media is legendary, and the Carlton coach was in a particularly feisty mood last Friday night before the Blues' big game with Hawthorn.

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No grounds for concern at Etihad, says Malthouse

Carlton's coach Mick Malthouse on the sidelines with Chris Yarran.

Rohan Connolly Coach believes win has removed an "unnecessary burden" from the club.

AFL

Roos hoodoo and Etihad record a challenge for Blues

Showing the way: Chris Judd makes a point during Carlton's session at St Kilda baths.

Rohan Connolly Friday night's clash between the Roos and the Blues is the start of a mini finals series.

AFL

Little men must stand tall in Blues' finals bid

Rohan Connolly Sometimes the AFL ladder flatters to deceive, and occasionally it doesn't do a team justice.

We don't have the work ethic: Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Carlton has a long way to go to match the work ethic and competitiveness of teams like Fremantle, according to Mick Malthouse.

AFL

Malthouse envies the Dockers' blue-collar ethic

Mick Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Disappointed coach says Dockers did everything the Blues had failed to do.

Rohan Connolly's live blog: midday Monday

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Rohan Connolly If ever you needed convincing that nothing in AFL football is certain, one bounce of the oval-shaped ball at AAMI Stadium with 90 seconds left on the clock on Sunday would have done the trick.

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Bounce back in flag race

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Sydney the clear winner in a round of upset results.