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.

AFL grand final 2014: Hawthorn pride produces another premiership

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Jordan Lewis of the Hawks  celebrates with the Premeirship Cup during the 2014 AFL Grand Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 27, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn is a club with enormous pride. Now it's also a club with two lots of back-to-back flags among its dozen premierships. And those two points are inextricably woven.

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AFL grand final: Rohan Connolly rates Sydney and Hawthorn

Hawks v Swans

Rohan Connolly Sydney and Hawthorn: the elite, the core group and the bottom six

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Sydney seems set to take another flag home

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Rohan Connolly Cream rises to the top as the season’s best two clubs face off in the grand final.

Port Adelaide has six months to rue lost chances

All good things come to an end: Port Adeladie players ponder what might have been after being pipped to the grand final by Hawthorn.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide charged through a gap against Fremantle. Now it knows what it feels to be like on the opposite side.

A few flutters for the flag favourites

Ollie Wines played a pivotal role in Port Adelaide's semi-final win.

Rohan Connolly Recent finals history has been turned on its head. And now Port Adelaide and North Melbourne go into their preliminary finals with plenty of momentum.

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Hawks' 12th flag could be their best

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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.

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Hawthorn to test the mettle of the AFL's up-and-coming Gold Coast Suns

The challenge for Gold Coast's midfield against the Hawks is almost a microcosm of the bigger team picture.

Rohan Connolly If the AFL could have written a script for how the first of its two latest expansion clubs should perform on the field, it probably wouldn’t have been a lot different to the story of Gold...

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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.

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Hawks' run over Pies rankles coach Buckley

Tough talk: Nathan Buckley with Jarrod Witts during Saturday's game.

Rohan Connolly and Jason Phelan Hawthorn's stranglehold over Collingwood continues, the Hawks recording their 11th win from the two clubs' last 14 meetings at the MCG on Saturday, at the same time putting a serious dent in the...

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Five of the best to fight out flag

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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...

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Port Adelaide's turn to apply pressure to Hawks

Port Power: Chad Wingard

Rohan Connolly It was less than three years ago, in August 2011, that Hawthorn inflicted upon Port Adelaide the most crushing and humiliating defeat of its AFL history.

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Hawthorn picks Luke Lowden for first game after six-year wait

Luke Lowden playing in the VFL in 2012.

Rohan Connolly After a six-year wait, Hawthorn ruckman Luke Lowden will finally make his AFL debut in Launceston on Saturday against West Coast.

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Hawthorn continues to have the wood on Carlton

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Rohan Connolly Should Hawthorn defeat Carlton as expected at the MCG on Friday night, the Blues will be handed another unwanted slice of history in an era in which they’ve already had several.

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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.

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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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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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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

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