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.

A few flutters for the flag favourites

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.

Sydney should be too consistent for the Roos in preliminary final

Sydney is favoured to figure in a second grand final in three years.

Rohan Connolly The last time Sydney and North Melbourne clashed in September produced one of the more forgettable finals in recent AFL history. We can expect a lot more this time around.

Richmond resurgence rides on Alex Rance's football smarts

Alex Rance.

Rohan Connolly Athletes who can play football are a dime-a-dozen in the AFL age. What’s perhaps at an even greater premium these days are genuine footballers who happen to be athletic.

AFL

Cats keep cool heads in win over Kangaroos

Michael Firrito of the Kangaroos tackles Shane Kersten of the Cats during Saturday night's game.

Rohan Connolly Geelong might not be quite the powerhouse it was a few seasons ago, but you still need to be right on your game to beat the Cats.

AFL

Essendon's Michael Hurley helps settle the key position debate

Under pressure: Swan Sam Reid is challenged by Michael Hurley at the SCG.

Rohan Connolly For most of this season, integral to any discussion about Essendon’s finals prospects has been the debate about the use of key position players Jake Carlisle and Michael Hurley.

AFL

Defence the fine line between North Melbourne's pleasure and pain

Solid: Lachie Hansen is proving a handy intercept player in North's defence.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne is starting to realise just how fine a line can exist between success and failure. And the Roos’ opponent this weekend, Richmond, knows a bit about it, too.

AFL

All-Australian mid-year team an even affair

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Season 2014 is shaping up as one of the most closely contested in years.

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Measuring up the midfield

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Rohan Connolly The jury is still out on whether quality or quantity is the key to victory.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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Rewards come for Roos

Flight time: Richmond's Jack Riewoldt flies with the pack for a mark.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne had worked very hard for not much reward by quarter-time.

Tigers roo the day

How good is this? Roo Jack Ziebell celebrates a goal against the Tigers at Etihad Stadium.

Rohan Connolly Richmond didn't help its own cause by continually kicking long into its forward line.

AFL

Dons done and dusted

Essendon v North Melbourne

Rohan Connolly How Essendon hung on in this game for even a half is anyone's guess.

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.

AFL

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.

Cats' back-to-back premiership hopes live on

Joel Selwood.

Rohan Connolly Wounded Geelong weathers Adelaide surge, then runs away to win an entertaining battle.

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Fumbles put AFL bosses firmly in spotlight

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Rohan Connolly Tomorrow night's blockbuster between Hawthorn and Geelong should be a beauty. And it certainly can't come quickly enough for the AFL, which needs a win far more desperately than either the Cats or...

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Two cool Cats show the Twain meets midfield

Steve Johnson aka 'Stevie J' (left) and Paul 'Chappy' Chapman.

Rohan Connolly During the past few weeks Geelong have had 'we're not done just yet' written all over them.

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Pies start hot, go cold

Cross purposes: Roos Scott McMahon (left) and Luke Delaney have Pie Chris Tarrant covered last night.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne continues its run of form, defeating Collingwood by 30 points.