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

Paul Chapman unfazed by Essendon's supplements scandal

Rohan Connolly Essendon told Paul Chapman that the worst of their supplement scandal was over before he joined the Bombers.

AFL

Paul Chapman happy and ready to soar at the Bombers

 Paul Chapman (left) at Essendon training on Wednesday.

Rohan Connolly But some are viewing Essendon's big-name signing as a considerable risk.

AFL

Essendon's win over Collingwood has major ramifications for finals

Essendon champion Dustin Fletcher may well play another AFL season in 2015.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood is now in serious danger of missing finals action for the first time since 2005.

AFL

Finals still a long way off for Essendon, Carlton and Richmond

Essendon is desperate for JasonWinderlich to return.

Rohan Connolly For all its championing of a national philosophy, the AFL is never happier than when the establishment clubs in the game’s heartland are doing well.

AFL

Joe Daniher and Ty Vickery dropped for Essendon and Richmond Dreamtime clash

Tiger bright:  Forward Ty Vickery.

Rohan Connolly and Daniel Cherny Essendon and Richmond have both lost patience with key forwards ahead of their Saturday night "Dreamtime" clash at the MCG.

AFL

Gap between Essendon and the best is a yawning chasm

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly When ASADA finally delivered those long-promised “show cause” notices to the bulk of Essendon’s senior list last week, an already difficult season for the Bombers became a lot more...

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

Geelong picks Lincoln McCarthy for second AFL game

Lincoln McCarthy has been earmarked to take over the role long occupied by triple premiership star Paul Chapman.

Rohan Connolly Geelong youngster Lincoln McCarthy will play his second game of AFL football against Adelaide on Thursday night, nearly two years after his first for the Cats.

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

Risk-free football does fans no favours

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Rohan Connolly Nothing in football is certain, but if empirical evidence is any guide, Monday’s Geelong-Hawthorn clash will be a belter. Let’s hope so. Because the AFL has seldom needed one more.

AFL

Dempsey back for Anzac Day clash, but Dons midfield takes a hit

Mark Thompson speaks to Courtenay Dempsey

Rohan Connolly and Daniel Cherny Essendon rushes Courtenay Dempsey back into its line-up for Anzac Day blockbuster after a month-long club-imposed suspension.

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AFL

Numbers work wonders

Head over heels: Docker Michael Walters rolls with the crunches in a contest with Sydney's Ted Richards.

Rohan Connolly Of 56 teams in preliminiary finals since 2000, 54 have finished in top four.

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AFL

Two sides to selection headaches

Paul Chapman

Rohan Connolly Cats' fallen stars and ragged rucks give Hawks an edge.

AFL

Bomber looking for the right stuff

Essendon's Mark Thompson Listens to Paul Little during the presser .13th November 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Rohan Connolly Essendon coach wants to do well in 2014, but priority is to do things right.

AFL

Mark Thompson says Essendon must regain respect

Mark Thompson.

Rohan Connolly New Bombers coach wants his team and club to do things well in 2014, but after the shame of the supplements scandal, he's placing an even higher priority on doing things right.

Football

Two cool Cats show the Twain meets midfield

Steve Johnson aka 'Stevie J' (left) and Paul 'Chappy' Chapman.

Rohan Connolly During the past few weeks Geelong have had 'we're not done just yet' written all over them.

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Finals are about timing and it's Cats' time

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Rohan Connolly This has been an even more eventful AFL season than usual, full of wild fluctuations.

Beware Geelong's charge from outside the four

James Podsiadly and Tom Hawkins

Rohan Connolly The Cats are a genuine hope to pull off the impossible - win a flag from outside the top four.

Cats may yet make history

Geelong's Tom Hawkins

Rohan Connolly If anyone can win the flag from sixth place, then Geelong can.

AFL

A team to stake your life on

Rohan Connolly sport dinkus

Rohan Connolly Choosing a team of top grand final performers since 1989 is no easy task.

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