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.

Report card for AFL teams that didn't make the grade

Rohan Connolly Ten teams have bowed out for season 2014. Rohan Connolly rates their performances.

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Collingwood's conundrum: Time's in short supply if you are a Magpie

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Collingwood is always a victim of bloated expectations. A football club with a massive membership, huge following and the game’s most outspoken president guarantees headlines whether it’s...

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Jamie Elliott to miss again for Collingwood, Nick Maxwell, Luke Ball return

Nick Maxwell

Rohan Connolly Collingwood will have to find alternative avenues to goal again this week after small forward Jamie Elliott was all but ruled out of Sunday's critical clash with Essendon by Magpie coach Nathan...

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Backline still the key to Bombers' new bounce

On the rise: Essendon players at training.

Rohan Connolly At the start of this season, Essendon tried hard to have the focus turned away from its involvement in the ASADA saga and towards its football.

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Collingwood no lock for finals, problems no easy fix

Collingwood trudges off after losing to Gold Coast.

Rohan Connolly Four weeks ago on Monday, after an efficient Queen’s Birthday holiday disposal of Melbourne, Collingwood was parked comfortably in the AFL’s top four.

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Collingwood missing the scoreboard spread

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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.

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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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Magpies win a classic over Eagles at the MCG

Magpie Steele Sidebottom celebrates after kicking a goal.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood emerges eight-point winners over West Coast in a classic at the MCG.

Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

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Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly.

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Saints still sorting things out four years after last win over Collingwood

St Kilda v Collingwood

Rohan Connolly Last time St Kilda beat Collingwood was an occasion remembered far more for an injury and an altercation between a coach and a player than the actual result.

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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.

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.

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And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly DON’T FORGET THE DEMONS

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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Riewoldt on song, but Dons out of tune

On high: Saint Sean Dempster takes a big grab.

Len Johnson and Rohan Connolly Few would have predicted St Kilda to be 3-2 after five rounds.

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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,

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.

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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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.

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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.