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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Sam Mitchell back to boost Hawks

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.

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Beating the bogey the challenge for Tigers, Dons and Swans

Scoot with the loot: Carlton's Chris Judd has enjoyed some fun at the Tigers' expense in recent years. Training for the big game looks pretty cool too.

Rohan Connolly By popular consensus this is the weekend which should have launched the AFL season. Round two is a cracker, full of big games and great rivalries.

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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.

Hawks focus on one goal

Handy: Jarryd Roughead (left) is having a fine season, while Lance Franklin shares the load.

Rohan Connolly In '61 Hawthorn won 12 straight and a flag. It wants a repeat.

A predictable result: Cats v Hawks will be tight, and good

Hawthorn v Geelong.

Rohan Connolly The laws of probability suggest that if you toss a coin and continue to call tails, sooner or later you’re going to get it right. Which is how Hawthorn must feel when it comes to playing Geelong.

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Hawks tease Kangaroos

No way out: Hawk Cyril Rioli sandwiched between two Kangaroos.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn secures home qualifying final and all but puts North Melbourne out of finals.

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Hawks can beat Kennett curse

Hawthorn v Sydney

Rohan Connolly Each time Hawthorn and Geelong have clashed since 2008, it has felt like a final.

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Team of year outs are as big as the ins

Will Minson.

Rohan Connolly Being an All-Australian selector is a pretty thankless task.

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Youth leads a changing of the guard

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly When it comes to the best players, there's a definite changing of the guard going on.

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All set for the big showdown

Rohan Connolly With either team a sentimental favourite, the hard-nosed pick is the potent Hawthorn.

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Shades of the Baby Bombers for Hawthorn

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn and Essendon don't have a lot in common save a healthy on-field enmity for one another, but there are a few old Bombers who this week might have identified with at least half the Hawks...

Cool Hawks find path to completion

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

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Cool Hawks find path to completion

Hawthorn celebrates winning the 2013 Premiership

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

GRAND FINAL 2013

Redemption a powerful force as Hawthorn charges to premiership No.11

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn won the contested possession. It won the clearances. It won the tackle count. Unlike last year, when it also dominated most of the key statistical indicators but couldn't convert that edge...

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Half a season produces team brim full of talent

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly selects his All-Australian team at the half-way mark of 2013.

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Half a season produces team full of talent

Rohan Connolly's All-Australian team.

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly selects his All-Australian team at the half-way mark of 2013.

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Pies' chance to break Hawthorn spell

Punching above his weight: Sam Mitchell averages 31 possessions against the Pies in the past five years.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley doesn't hold back in his praise of Hawthorn.

Hawks widen their options

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

Burgoyne can bring home bacon

Shaun Burgoyne

Rohan Connolly There are plenty of reasons why Hawthorn now seems a premiership standout.

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Hawks clearly the best: Harvey

Collingwood football training. Nathan Buckley and Robert Harvey. 10th of April 2012.

Rohan Connolly Magpies assistant coach Robert Harvey says team took confidence out of last week's win.