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

Essendon saves its best for last in win over Western Bulldogs

Rohan Connolly Essendon was going nowhere fast early in the third quarter against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

AFL

Brisbane Lions pounce as Western Bulldogs lose way

Lion Stefan Martin and Bulldog Will Minson battle in the ruck.

Rohan Connolly All season, the Western Bulldogs have played impressive quarters of football here and there, only to be let down, often in the same game, by others that weren't in the same ball park.

AFL

Bulldogs' season slipping away after yet another defeat

Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney says he has to accept responsibility for his team's showing.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs' season is slipping into disrepair after their sixth loss from their past seven games, to Brisbane at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

AFL

Western Bulldogs' dilemma more than the coach

The Bulldogs have gone backwards even in areas where they were capable last year.

Rohan Connolly Are the Western Bulldogs a potentially good side drastically under-performing, or an ordinary one placed where their talent dictates they should be?

AFL

Western Bulldogs hold off Richmond to record first win of 2014

Jack Macrae collected a game-high 30 possessions.

Rohan Connolly The Western Bulldogs have let a 37-point advantage slip before booting the final goal to score a two-point upset win over Richmond.

AFL

Bulldogs end the drought

Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn.

Rohan Connolly Few NAB Cup wins of recent times will have been accompanied by as many smiles as greeted the Western Bulldogs’ one-point thriller over Hawthorn on Friday night.

Cats and Roos at home under the Etihad roof

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Rohan Connolly Much is made of Geelong’s record at its Simonds Stadium home, and rightly so, the Cats having won a phenomenal 54 of their past 57 games at their headquarters over the last eight years.

AFL

Hawks' 12th flag could be their best

Rohan Connolly It goes without saying Hawthorn is the most successful club of football’s last 50 years, 10 of its 11 premierships won since 1971, a strike rate of one flag every 4.

AFL

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

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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AFL

Essendon's win over Collingwood has major ramifications for finals

Essendon champion Dustin Fletcher may well play another AFL season in 2015.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood is now in serious danger of missing finals action for the first time since 2005.

AFL

Time for coach Brad Scott to get nasty with North Melbourne

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Rohan Connolly Despite the inevitable debate it provoked, North Melbourne coach Brad Scott’s post-match confrontation with Brisbane’s Tom Rockliff on Saturday night is really neither here nor there.

AFL

Eddie McGuire, you can't have it both ways

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire

Rohan Connolly Collingwood chairman’s surely ambit claim for compensation from the AFL for missing thousands from Sunday night game has predictably gone down like a lead balloon with fans of virtually of...

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AFL

Port Adelaide losing a little power

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Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide has set the bar so high and so unexpectedly this AFL season that there had to be a correction of sorts at some stage. And it’s happening right now.

AFL

Buckley on Pendlebury: There's no better leader than captain cool

Leader of the pack: Magpies captain Scott Pendlebury (centre) has impressed coach Nathan Buckley.

Rohan Connolly Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has some interesting reflections about the differences between himself as a player and his current captain Scott Pendlebury.

AFL

Run to the AFL finals: how your team will fare

Dockers

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide has already proved the surprise packet of 2014. But as the AFL season enters its home stretch, the Power is in danger of not getting the reward its efforts deserve.

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AFL

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.

AFL

Football's balance of power shifts again

A numbers game: Will the Carlton v Collingwood match be able to compete with the World Cup and Wimbledon?

Rohan Connolly The standard line used to pump up clashes between old Victorian foes Carlton and Collingwood is ''no matter where they are on the ladder''.

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AFL

Fremantle formula frustrates foes

Ross Lyon’s Dockers, closing in on the top four, are doing a fair impression of Ali’s rope-a-dope.

Rohan Connolly Ross Lyon’s Dockers, closing in on the top four, are doing a fair impression of Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope.

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly They were fast, they were slick, and they were very, very good. Gold Coast is a great team to watch, and as North Melbourne will now testify, pretty damn effective, too.

AFL

Why AFL should consider bonus points

Jarryd Roughead and Ryan Schoenmakers.

Rohan Connolly New AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan plans to speak to AFL coaches about encouraging exciting football.

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