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

Slim pickings for traditional AFL spearheads

Buddy Franklin

Rohan Connolly With a continued emphasis on defence, there's a popular perception that AFL football has become a significantly lower-scoring scrap than it used to be.

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AFL

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly DON’T FORGET THE DEMONS

AFL

For Hawthorn's Luke Breust, goals are the gimmick

Jarryd Roughead (left) lines up behind Luke Breust in Launceston as he prepares to kick a goal in the match against the Lions on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly When Hawthorn's Luke Breust reaches into his bag of tricks, he has one goal in mind - scoring.

AFL

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.

AFL

Richmond downs Collingwood by 48 points in their NAB Challenge match at Wangaratta

Ground zero: Tiger Matthew Arnot and Magpie Scott Pendlebury battle for the ball during their NAB Challenge match at Wangaratta on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly Victory, not for the first time engineered by Richmond's classiest acts,

New Blue out of the Woods

Cameron Wood

Rohan Connolly Cameron Wood wasn't always a favourite of Collingwood fans during his five years with the Magpies, but he was with his teammates, a fact underlined again when the ruckman was selected in the AFL...

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AFL

Pies of 2010 to today: black and white

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly The side Collingwood wants to be is an outfit it is no longer capable of being.

AFL

Friday shaping as a final for the Magpies

Rohan Connolly Form can be fleeting, but if you're in the top four, you're a chance.

AFL

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

Rohan Connolly

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.

AFL

Port's power knocks out Magpies

Port's Matthew Lobbe battles with Collingwood's Dane Swan at the MCG.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide's stunning resurgence reaches new heights with 24-point elimination final win over Collingwood.

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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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AFL

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.

AFL

Dons well placed for Pie fright

David Zaharakis.

Rohan Connolly Few players have featured in as important a moment in just their fourth AFL game as did Essendon's David Zaharakis in 2009.

AFL

Essendon stymies Pies attack

Jobe Watson

Rohan Connolly Bombers held sway in general play and on the scoreboard the entire afternoon, but that didn't necessarily make their eventual 46-point win a comfortable exercise until the final 10 minutes.

AFL

Swingmen back in fashion

Rohan Connolly sport dinkus

Rohan Connolly As positional switches go, they don't come a lot more effective than the key move made during Essendon's nail-biting win over Carlton last Friday night.

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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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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.