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

Nathan Lovett-Murray admitted to alcohol clinic

Rohan Connolly Recently retired Essendon veteran Nathan Lovett-Murray has admitted himself to a rehabilitation clinic for treatment for alcoholism.

AFL

We, the people

Adam Goodes.

Rohan Connolly The Indigenous All-Stars as AFL representatives has raised no heat here and set off curiosity in Ireland. Which is heartening, to be sure.

AFL

Tigers cruise into September

Arms length: Stewart Crameri (left) battles with Alex Rance.

Rohan Connolly No one was quite sure pre-game how Saturday night's clash would pan out.

AFL

Enjoy it, Hardwick tells his Tigers

Essendon club doctor Bruce Reid talks to Richmond coach Damien Hardwick during the match.

Rohan Connolly Richmond coach says team will embrace first appearance in finals series for 12 years.

The shock trooper

Nathan Lovett-Murray

Rohan Connolly AFL life after 30 is looking good for Nathan Lovett-Murray, even if he continues to get more attention for his life off the football field.

Bombers run out of excuses

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Rohan Connolly Simply, with a few exceptions, Essendon's players lack passion and fight.

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Keep faith, young gun told

Missed out: Dayle Garlett.

Rohan Connolly and Matt Murnane Essendon veteran Nathan Lovett-Murray pleads with Dayle Garlett not to lose faith in the system.

AFL

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.

Bombers pop the cork

Bombers away: Paddy Ryder marks in front of Beau Waters and Sam Lonergan.

Rohan Connolly Champagne football. It's a throwaway line often used as much with irony as a straight face.

Dons' aim hurts Tigers

High five: Essendon's Cale Hooker lays a high tackle on Richmond's Alex Rance during their match at the MCG last night.

Rohan Connolly They had it won, lost it, and won it back again. That was Essendon's 19-point win over Richmond in a nutshell.

Football

Wayward Dons blow it

Tight contest: Sydney's Lewis Roberts-Tomson tackles Essendon's Heath Hocking 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.

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Ratten runs hot, Hird goes cold

James Hird, Stephen Milne and Nick Riewoldt.

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...

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Bombers bounce Roos

Mixed emotions: Essendon players celebrate after Roo Hamish McIntosh missed an after-siren goal attempt.

Rohan Connolly Only a brave pundit would have predicted result would be known only after final siren.

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Gutsy Dons graft a win

Partick Ryder

Rohan Connolly In the end, you had to call it a decent win by Essendon, getting home by 25 points after looking set to be overrun midway through the final term with only one fit player left on the bench, and Port...

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Solo Ryder a poser for Dons

'The tempting conclusion is that Paddy Ryder is at his absolute best unencumbered by the presence of either Hille or Bellchambers.'

Rohan Connolly Depth is a vital component of any aspiring finalist's make-up and it will be particularly handy for Essendon this week.