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

Is Mick Malthouse the man to rebuild the Blues?

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Rohan Connolly A couple of former prime ministers have had bold declarations come back to haunt them. Bob Hawke's line about no child living in poverty and Julia Gillard's insistence about no carbon tax will...

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AFL

Test for Blues, Tigers get off lightly

Chris Judd

Rohan Connolly Carlton was the beneficiary of Essendon's stunning expulsion from the 2013 finals series, but the Blues have paid something of a price two months down the track for their good fortune.

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AFL

Carlton talks up new Blues

Carltons' new recruits Cameron Giles, Patrick Cripps, and Nick Holman.

Rohan Connolly Football fans love nothing more than a historical reference point to give them an idea how their club’s new recruits measure up.

AFL

Freo puts hold on Blues

Carlton v Fremantle

Rohan Connolly Fremantle wins games of football like a seasoned arm-wrestler does his stuff.

AFL

Blues lose Judd for rest of season

Chris Judd

Rohan Connolly Carlton's finals hopes in tatters after defeat by the Western Bulldogs, with key midfielder Chris Judd gone as well.

AFL

Dogs put bite on Blues

No escape: Carlton's Jeff Garlett is tackled by Bulldog Liam Picken at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly Carlton goes down to a solid Bulldogs outfit, in a match the Blues needed to win.

AFL

Bulldog Grant shows some bite, unlike the Blues

Jarrad Grant celebrates after kicking a goal against Carlton.

Rohan Connolly Until a month ago, Western Bulldog Jarrad Grant remained one of the AFL's most maligned players.

AFL

Blues find their level

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Carlton is in a position to turn a mediocre season into a surprisingly successful one.

AFL

Roos hoodoo and Etihad record a challenge for Blues

Showing the way: Chris Judd makes a point during Carlton's session at St Kilda baths.

Rohan Connolly Friday night's clash between the Roos and the Blues is the start of a mini finals series.

AFL

Little men must stand tall in Blues' finals bid

Rohan Connolly Sometimes the AFL ladder flatters to deceive, and occasionally it doesn't do a team justice.

AFL

Song remains the same in Blues backyard

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Despite a new coach, Carlton isn't any better, writes Rohan Connolly.

AFL

Bombers and Blues the thorn in each other's side

Matthew Lloyd wrestles with Stephen Silvagni in the 1999 preliminary final.

Rohan Connolly The notable rivalries between different pairs of AFL clubs have their own characteristics. Carlton and Essendon's remains one of the most intense.

Tough days for Blues and Dons

On the way back: Essendon's David Zaharakis (left) returns for the Bombers against Carlton.

Rohan Connolly There's always something on the line when Essendon takes on Carlton.

Blues should stick with Ratten

Chris Judd and Brett Ratten

Rohan Connolly There's some obvious contenders for coach of the year in 2012.

Blues daze for coach

Gold Coast players celebrate as the end of the match nears.

Rohan Connolly Brett Ratten, under pressure all season to keep his post despite having a year left to run on his contract but looking safer recently after Carlton's four wins in its past five games, might have had...

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Malthouse's Blues look a good mix

Mick Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Mick Malthouse taking over at Carlton was always going to be one of the best stories of 2013.

Insiders take stock on new Blues chief

Mick Malthouse.

Rohan Connolly Football today, like society, muses former Carlton captain Mark Maclure, is transient. 'Things move all over the place, and in football it's players and coaches.'

Shades of Blues keep repeating

Frustrated Blues: Adelaide’s Jason Porplyzia (left) marks in front of Carlton’s Bryce Gibbs.

Rohan Connolly Great football teams have something going for them other than superstars.

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Rohan Connolly

A starting point between Blues and Bombers

VFL Essendon - Jubilant teammates defeat Carlton on 17 August, 1981. From left, Paul Van Der Haar, Grant Fowler, Glen Hawker, Merv Neagle and Terry Daniher (no. 5), congratulate Neale Daniher (second from right) after his match-winning gaol against Carlton. [First left unidentified and not included in published picture]THE AGE ARCHIVES Neg. No: S 25803.

Rohan Connolly They've shared evenly 32 premierships, the most in the AFL. They’ve squared off in no fewer than six grand finals.

Deep, dark, navy Blues

Chris Judd

Rohan Connolly Carlton's stocks look particularly healthy despite poor pre-season results.

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