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.

Close wins no accident for cool Cats

Rohan Connolly Carlton led Geelong by seven points with under five minutes left on the clock last Friday night at Etihad Stadium.

Some teams will, some teams won't

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Rohan Connolly Sometimes clubs get on a roll against certain opponents, like the Crows against the Swans.

Richmond resurgence rides on Alex Rance's football smarts

Alex Rance.

Rohan Connolly Athletes who can play football are a dime-a-dozen in the AFL age. What’s perhaps at an even greater premium these days are genuine footballers who happen to be athletic.

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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, noon Monday.

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Fremantle only a tweak or two away from genuine firepower

Rohan Connolly Sunday's win over Hawthorn proved it won't take much for Fremantle to become a far bigger flag threat.

Brownlow Medal race shaping as a classic with Ablett, Franklin and Heppell in the frame

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Rohan Connolly The contenders are dropping like flies, but this year's Brownlow Medal could still provide a remarkable winner.

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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, noon Monday.

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Essendon's task against West Coast now a taller order

Teammates congratulate Dean Cox after he scored in Sunday’s big win against Collingwood.

Rohan Connolly West Coast coach Adam Simpson conceded he had little idea what sort of performance his side was going to produce just before Sunday’s demolition job on Collingwood at Patersons Stadium.

Blues buoyed by rebuilding of Dale Thomas' tank

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Rohan Connolly Carlton has much to look forward to in the recent form of high-priced recruit Dale Thomas.

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Bombers snatch thrilling win against Eagles to finally get a happy ending

Dyson Heppell keeps close tabs on Luke Shuey.

Rohan Connolly If Essendon was looking for some sort of emotional boost at the start of this critical game against West Coast, it couldn't have written a better script than what actually unfolded.

Blues are starting to believe

Irish debutant Ciaran Sheehan impressed in his first game for Carlton.

Rohan Connolly Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he can see his players beginning to come out of their shells as the Blues continue their late-season improvement.

Carlton does it easily and early against Gold Coast

Jarrad Waite had a day out against the Suns.

Rohan Connolly You had a pretty good sense of what was going to happen within 10 minutes, by which time Carlton had banged on three goals without reply.

Hawthorn, Sydney, Geelong and Fremantle can still find something

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Rohan Connolly This year's premiership is likely to be won by the team that can still find something a little extra.

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Cats keep cool heads in win over Kangaroos

Michael Firrito of the Kangaroos tackles Shane Kersten of the Cats during Saturday night's game.

Rohan Connolly Geelong might not be quite the powerhouse it was a few seasons ago, but you still need to be right on your game to beat the Cats.

Swan Ben McGlynn in the thick of things, but still kicking goals

Attitude is Ben McGlynn's strongest asset.

Rohan Connolly When Sydney played Hawthorn a couple of weeks back, you could have forgiven Swans little man Ben McGlynn the temporary indulgence of looking around the MCG and wondering what might have been.

Port Adelaide hovers on the brink of unwanted football history

Port Adelaide.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide is in serious danger of creating an unwanted slice of football history.

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.

North Melbourne coach says staging hurts Lindsay Thomas's reputation

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott does not look particularly happy at three-quarter-time.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has admitted forward Lindsay Thomas's reputation in the football world doesn't match his performance because of his staging for free kicks.

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Time to blow whistle on tiresome notion that umpires cost you the game

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Rohan Connolly You tend to revisit a lot of the same old stories every football season. But is there any annual debate in the game more tedious than that concerning umpiring?

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Essendon's Michael Hurley helps settle the key position debate

Under pressure: Swan Sam Reid is challenged by Michael Hurley at the SCG.

Rohan Connolly For most of this season, integral to any discussion about Essendon’s finals prospects has been the debate about the use of key position players Jake Carlisle and Michael Hurley.