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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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.

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Season 2014: Collingwood and Fremantle both vulnerable

The opening game of the 2014 season will see two top-four contenders fight for their legitimacy.

Rohan Connolly If a football team is only as good as its most vulnerable part, Friday night's season-opener between Collingwood and Fremantle should be an intriguing match-up.

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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Saints be dazed - again

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly That word ''culture'' seems to be at the centre of discussion when it comes to the Saints.

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Players may leave, but fans stick with their AFL clubs

Sydney Swans player Lance Buddy Franklin in the Emirates marquee at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

Rohan Connolly No image has ever spoken more poignantly about the connection between a professional footballer of any code and a club than a moment at Old Trafford in late April of 1974.

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Battlefront

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Rohan Connolly Contrasting coaching philosophies meet head on in Geelong as defensive Fremantle attempts to counter the attacking Cats.

Dockers' hopes rest in Pavlich's hands

Matthew Pavlich

Rohan Connolly The Dockers in 2013 are experts in applying the brakes, but still with a bit to learn about hitting the accelerator.

Tougher Tigers pass test

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Rohan Connolly Richmond, and Chris Newman, will get to play finals.

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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.

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Freo puts hold on Blues

Carlton v Fremantle

Rohan Connolly Fremantle wins games of football like a seasoned arm-wrestler does his stuff.

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Malthouse envies the Dockers' blue-collar ethic

Mick Malthouse

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

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Cats cream of the crop

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Rohan Connolly In the big games, Geelong has proved most reliable.

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Worsfold's legacy speaks for itself

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly In the end, John Worsfold's departure as West Coast coach wasn't a massive surprise. If the Eagles were far and away the most disappointing team of the 2013 AFL season, their coach didn't exactly set...

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Season 2013: Five of the best

Ashley McGrath takes the Lions over the line; round 13, Brisbane Lions v Geelong.

Rohan Connolly This AFL season will always be remembered more for the incredible events off the field.

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Swans face daunting road trip to west

Chris Mayne and Danyle Pearce of the Dockers celebrate a goal during the qualifying final against Geelong.

Rohan Connolly The Dockers have become a reliable road team under Ross Lyon.

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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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Kurt appraisal: Swans harder to pin down with big man on the sidelines

Kurt Tippett

Rohan Connolly Perceptions in football can change markedly in the space of just a couple of games.

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Swans may fly with Tippett on sideline

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Perceptions in football can change markedly in the space of just a couple of games.