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

Saints turn tide on Bombers

Nick Riewoldt celebrates a goal.

Rohan Connolly Few games this season will undergo as dramatic a transformation as early as did St Kilda's upset 16-point win over Essendon.

Ad nauseam: TV launch leaves Bombers sidelined

Rohan Connolly At a particularly controversial and sensitive juncture in AFL football's recent history, conspiracy theories abound. Everywhere.

AFL

Paul Chapman happy and ready to soar at the Bombers

 Paul Chapman (left) at Essendon training on Wednesday.

Rohan Connolly But some are viewing Essendon's big-name signing as a considerable risk.

AFL

Shades of the Baby Bombers for Hawthorn

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn and Essendon don't have a lot in common save a healthy on-field enmity for one another, but there are a few old Bombers who this week might have identified with at least half the Hawks...

AFL

Bombers run wild on big stage

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Rohan Connolly There was a time, only a couple of years ago, when Essendon would have as good as lost a game such as Thursday night's against West Coast at Patersons Stadium before its plane had even left the...

AFL

Pies match could be tipping point for Bombers' season

Essendon v Hawthorn

Rohan Connolly Essendon faced its biggest on-field test on Friday night and was found wanting.

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AFL

Bombers play copycats

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Rohan Connolly Essendon has spent much of the past three years aspiring to emulate Geelong.

AFL

Ex-Bombers fan keen to lift Cats to victory

Luke and Allen Christensen.

Peter Hanlon and Rohan Connolly Geelong's Allen Christensen barracked for Essendon as a boy, and will have two younger brothers in the crowd on Friday night who are still avid Bombers.

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.

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Defeated Bombers can take heart

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Rohan Connolly Missed it by that much will be the popular reaction to Essendon's nail-biting loss in Adelaide.

Bombers run out of excuses

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Rohan Connolly Simply, with a few exceptions, Essendon's players lack passion and fight.

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Remembering a true Bombers favourite

Merv Neagle

Rohan Connolly For many Essendon fans of a middle age, Merv Neagle - who died yesterday - will always occupy a special place in their hearts and memories.

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AFL

Bombers will return to Wangaratta

NAB Cup.

Rohan Connolly It will be take two for Essendon when the Bombers play Richmond in the second round of next year’s NAB Cup in Wangaratta in early March.

AFL

Bombers hopeful after ASADA briefing on investigation

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Rohan Connolly Essendon has been heartened that it may yet emerge from the controversy surrounding its 2012 training regime relatively unscathed following a briefing from anti-doping investigators.

AFL

Bombers relish chance to play

Essendon coach James Hird during training. 21stMarch 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Rohan Connolly Seldom if ever will an AFL club have been as relieved to see the start of a season as Essendon.

Ruthless Bombers

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06:  Jobe Watson of the Bombers runs with the ball away from Jimmy Toumpas of the Demons during the round two AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 6, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Two passages of play a couple of minutes apart said all that needed to be said about Melbourne and Essendon.

Bombers delivering skill and grit

Essendon's Alwyn Davey

Rohan Connolly Essendon has now positioned itself as a very serious contender for the top four.

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Bombers pop the cork

Bombers away: Paddy Ryder marks in front of Beau Waters and Sam Lonergan.

Rohan Connolly Champagne football. It's a throwaway line often used as much with irony as a straight face.

AFL

Bombers' Ryder coup

Paddy Ryder.

Rohan Connolly ESSENDON has retained one of its most valuable assets with star big man Paddy Ryder re-signing with the club on a four-year deal, ending speculation he could be poached by Greater Western Sydney or...

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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.