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

Jamie Elliott to miss again for Collingwood, Nick Maxwell, Luke Ball return

Rohan Connolly Collingwood will have to find alternative avenues to goal again this week after small forward Jamie Elliott was all but ruled out of Sunday's critical clash with Essendon by Magpie coach Nathan...

AFL

Collingwood's conundrum: Time's in short supply if you are a Magpie

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Collingwood is always a victim of bloated expectations. A football club with a massive membership, huge following and the game’s most outspoken president guarantees headlines whether it’s...

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AFL

Maxwell's smarts deserve a fairer hearing from footy folk

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Over the past couple of years, there’s been two guaranteed methods of getting football fans to unleash torrents of venom about something not connected to their club.

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AFL

Buckley on Pendlebury: There's no better leader than captain cool

Leader of the pack: Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury (centre) has impressed coach Nathan Buckley.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has some interesting reflections about the differences between himself as a player and his current captain Scott Pendlebury.

AFL

Collingwood no lock for finals, problems no easy fix

Collingwood trudges off after losing to Gold Coast.

Rohan Connolly Four weeks ago on Monday, after an efficient Queen’s Birthday holiday disposal of Melbourne, Collingwood was parked comfortably in the AFL’s top four.

AFL

Collingwood missing the scoreboard spread

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Rohan Connolly For most of this year, any discussion about Collingwood's capacity to challenge for the premiership has gone hand-in-hand with the debate about the form of Travis Cloke.

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly Seriously, how many faux “controversies” about disunity do we have to endure every time a senior player gives a teammate a public dressing down during the heat of a game?

AFL

Count on Cats being there

Rohan Connolly The longer a footballer performs to a consistently high standard, the harder it seems to impress the judges. And so it goes for teams as well.

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Saints still sorting things out four years after last win over Collingwood

St Kilda v Collingwood

Rohan Connolly Last time St Kilda beat Collingwood was an occasion remembered far more for an injury and an altercation between a coach and a player than the actual result.

Pies and Crows look vulnerable

Chris Dawes struggled to be competitive against the Hawks.

Rohan Connolly It is pretty easy to jump off the bandwagon of a qualifying final loser. Easy and almost always wrong.

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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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Is Collingwood on the nose?

Rohan Connolly Can a side as proven as the Pies really be dismissed as a flag chance?

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AFL

Ball back in business for Pies, but Fasolo's season is over

Alex Fasolo.

Rohan Connolly While one door closes for Collingwood, another opens. Smart small forward Alex Fasolo's season is over, but that blow will be offset at least a little this week by the return of premiership onballer...

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Plenty of upside for Pies

Andrew Krakouer.

Rohan Connolly Andrew Krakouer's return promises to give the Magpies a lift.

AFL

Gieschen: rule hasn't changed

Mitch Duncan is tackled by Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli.

Rohan Connolly The AFL denies the interpretation of the holding-the-ball rule has changed.

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Dramatic win for Magpies

Destiny in their hands: Hawthorn?s Lance

Rohan Connolly That the moment which decided the game came just 39 seconds before the final siren gives you some idea of how close it was.

Football

Maxwell says Pies can rise to challenge

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22:  Nick Maxwell of the Magpies looks on during the 2012 AFL Captains Photo Call at The Museum of Contemporary Art on March 22, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly INJURIES and the suspension of important midfielder Sharrod Wellingham will leave Collingwood far from its best for next Friday's round-one blockbuster against popular premiership fancy Hawthorn, but...

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Top Pie makes great strides

Unbelievable touch: Scott Pendlebury feeds out a handball, in mid-air, while being tackled, against North Melbourne last month.

Rohan Connolly A lot of hard work goes into Scott Pendlebury making football look easy.

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More heroes answer call in Anzac epic

Rohan Connolly sport dinkus

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.

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Pie star a smooth mix of grit and glitz

Scott Pendlebury

Rohan Connolly There's a lot to like about the way Collingwood plays its football.