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.

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon returns 'hungrier and keen' for success

Ross Lyon and Peter Sumich.

Rohan Connolly After handing over the reins to assistant Peter Sumich last week, Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is back in the box.

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Saints' stunning upset a big blow to Fremantle's finals ambitions

Nick Surban (left) and Tendai Mzungu of the Dockers tackle Luke Delaney of the Saints.

Rohan Connolly It was the upset of the season. And for Fremantle, Saturday's shock 58-point thrashing at the hands of St Kilda has the potential to prove the disaster of the season.

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Current Cats won't cut it in finals

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Rohan Connolly Geelong coach Chris Scott says the Cats are a “glass half-full” football club.

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Run to the AFL finals: how your team will fare

Dockers

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide has already proved the surprise packet of 2014. But as the AFL season enters its home stretch, the Power is in danger of not getting the reward its efforts deserve.

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Football's balance of power shifts again

A numbers game: Will the Carlton v Collingwood match be able to compete with the World Cup and Wimbledon?

Rohan Connolly The standard line used to pump up clashes between old Victorian foes Carlton and Collingwood is ''no matter where they are on the ladder''.

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Efficient Fremantle gets the job done against Richmond

Rohan Connolly Fremantle mightn't always be the prettiest side in the AFL to watch, but you have to admire the Dockers' capacity to first absorb opposition pressure then respond with ruthless efficiency on the...

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Damien Hardwick sees improvement in Tigers - but wins and losses the bottom line

Damien Hardwick after the Tigers' lost to Fremantle on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly Richmond coach Damien Hardwick believes his side has improved in recent weeks, but concedes that with the Tigers now just three wins from 12 games and their finals hopes shot to bits, it's difficult...

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Dockers down Tigers by 20 points

Matthew Pavlich celebrates a goal during Fremantle's victory

Rohan Connolly Richmond continued their Jekyll and Hyde act on Saturday at the MCG, where a 20-point loss to Fremantle was equal parts tenacity and turnovers.

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And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly St Kilda's selection posers

AFL

Gap between Essendon and the best is a yawning chasm

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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...

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Fremantle formula frustrates foes

Ross Lyon’s Dockers, closing in on the top four, are doing a fair impression of Ali’s rope-a-dope.

Rohan Connolly Ross Lyon’s Dockers, closing in on the top four, are doing a fair impression of Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope.

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Fremantle engine running rough

Ross Lyon has been hosing down any talk that his side, at 3-3 and hanging on to a spot in the eight by a thread, might be in trouble.

Rohan Connolly Ross Lyon isn’t one to panic. So it isn't any great surprise that the Fremantle coach has been hosing down any talk that his side, at 3-3 and hanging on to a spot in the eight by a thread,...

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Why AFL should consider bonus points

Jarryd Roughead and Ryan Schoenmakers.

Rohan Connolly New AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan plans to speak to AFL coaches about encouraging exciting football.

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Mark Harvey: a sort of homecoming

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Rohan Connolly The scene is an induction ceremony for five newly-installed members of Essendon’s Hall of Fame.

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Port Adelaide powers out of the defensive box

Rohan Connolly The past decade of football has been an interesting case study for those who enjoy taking the big-picture view of the game and its continued evolution.

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Five of the best to fight out flag

Rohan Connolly While debate may continue in 2014 about the state of the game and the AFL's handling of the competition, one thing becoming increasingly clear is that the top of the ladder is as competitive as it...

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.

Bob Rose or Malcolm Blight?

Ross Lyon

Rohan Connolly Whether Ross Lyon's coaching career follows the path of Bob Rose (close, but no premierships) or Malcolm Blight (three defeats then back-to-back flags), the Docker will never be one to be overwhelmed...

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Saga a wake-up call on 'off-label' drugs: Lyon

Ross Lyon

Rohan Connolly Fremantle coach says more collaborative approach to sports science is needed.

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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.