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

Hawks' 12th flag could be their best

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly It goes without saying Hawthorn is the most successful club of football’s last 50 years, 10 of its 11 premierships won since 1971, a strike rate of one flag every 4.

AFL

Collingwood missing the scoreboard spread

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.

AFL

Hawks extend AFL run over Magpies

Luke Breust played a crucial role in Hawthorn's victory.

Rohan Connolly Nothing can deflate a team that which has worked its heart out to stay in a contest more effectively than a burst of quick goals from its opponent.

AFL

Low-flying Hawks about to be thrust back into the spotlight

The continued development of Brad Hill (right), seen here celebrating a goal with Ben Ross, has been critical to Hawthorn's contuinued success.

Rohan Connolly It seems absurd that the AFL’s reigning premier, second on the ladder, could somehow manage to fly under the radar, but Hawthorn lately seems to have managed it.

AFL

Alastair Clarkson sees some of the Cats about Mark Thompson's Essendon

Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he can already see some signs Essendon is playing a game like the Geelong teams coached by his opposite number Mark Thompson.

AFL

Sam Mitchell back to boost Hawks

Sam Mitchell.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn's undersized defence has turned to fringe player Matt Spangher for help as the Hawks prepare to take on Fremantle in Friday night's rematch of last year's grand final at the MCG.

AFL

Hawks bank on big defender to tip match-up in their favour

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn knew heading into last year's finals series they could use another strong-bodied key defender. But after the preliminary final, it became non-negotiable.

Tippett a tall order for Lake and Hawks defence

Kurt Tippett

Rohan Connolly Last year Hawthorn got a big scare from Kurt Tippett.

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Hawks are Adelaide's last hurrah

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Rohan Connolly They've had a good year, but the Crows don't have enough in their arsenal to beat Hawthorn.

Football

Time to collide

Luke Hodge of the Hawks is challenged by Jarrad McVeigh of the Swans in round 22.

Rohan Connolly While it won't be a blowout, Hawthorn's superior skills and potent attack should deliver the flag.

Hawks find salvation in deadly duo

Hawthorn v Adelaide Crows 1st Preliminary Final.

Rohan Connolly Deja vu can never have felt as chilling for any Hawthorn supporter than during the final quarter last night. It was happening again.

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The scare Hawks had to have

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn has the fundamentals in place to win the flag.

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AFL

Gutsiest win was a true epic

Tripping the light: Adam Goodes and Jarrad McVeigh hoist aloft the cup of dreams.

Rohan Connolly Has there been a better grand final? Arguably not. Has there been a gutsier win than Sydney's 10-point triumph over a warm favourite? While we're still smitten in the afterglow of an absolute epic,...

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The Connolly Report

Hawks search for answers

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Rohan Connolly You can analyse, theorise and pore over all the science you like in football, but sometimes the explanations are nothing more complex than some missed chances.

AFL

Eagles to soar highest

Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui will have an impact in the marathon that is an AFL season.

Rohan Connolly Rarely have so many been in the hunt for the major prize.

Hawks prove they're made of right stuff

Collingwood v Hawthorn

Rohan Connolly Before yesterday it still somehow felt like Hawthorn had some sort of question to answer.

Hawks widen their options

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Rohan Connolly The pieces of the flag jigsaw are coming together for Hawthorn.

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.