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.

Desperate Crows swing the axe for Sydney clash

Rohan Connolly Adelaide, still without a win after two rounds, has made five changes to its side for Saturday's big test against an equally desperate Sydney.

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Podsiadly ready for new start with Crows

James Podsiadly.

Rohan Connolly James Podsiadly has a bit of a head start on his peers when it comes to any butterflies which might be associated with joining a new club at a more senior age than most recruits.

Crows by a nose on Swans

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Rohan Connolly The visiting Swans will push the Crows early, but Adelaide has the better form.

Pies and Crows look vulnerable

Chris Dawes struggled to be competitive against the Hawks.

Rohan Connolly It is pretty easy to jump off the bandwagon of a qualifying final loser. Easy and almost always wrong.

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Can Crows defy odds?

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Rohan Connolly Whatever happens in today's Hawthorn-Adelaide preliminary final, it's a game that has already created history of sorts.

Crows of '98 give Cats hope in tight year

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Rohan Connolly Geelong coach went out on a limb by saying his team could win flag from outside top four.

The round one wrap

Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly's wrap up of the state of play for eight AFL clubs which played at the weekend.

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Beating the bogey the challenge for Tigers, Dons and Swans

Scoot with the loot: Carlton's Chris Judd has enjoyed some fun at the Tigers' expense in recent years. Training for the big game looks pretty cool too.

Rohan Connolly By popular consensus this is the weekend which should have launched the AFL season. Round two is a cracker, full of big games and great rivalries.

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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.

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Geelong picks Lincoln McCarthy for second AFL game

Lincoln McCarthy has been earmarked to take over the role long occupied by triple premiership star Paul Chapman.

Rohan Connolly Geelong youngster Lincoln McCarthy will play his second game of AFL football against Adelaide on Thursday night, nearly two years after his first for the Cats.

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In AFL one thing is certain

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Rohan Connolly Yep, uncertainty. So, if your team looks to have copped a tough draw, all is not lost.

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Players may leave, but fans stick with their AFL clubs

Sydney Swans player Lance Buddy Franklin in the Emirates marquee at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

Rohan Connolly No image has ever spoken more poignantly about the connection between a professional footballer of any code and a club than a moment at Old Trafford in late April of 1974.

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Port's rise is a contender for best story of season

Port Adelaide

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide is leading the stakes for feel-good story of the season.

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Giants, Tigers celebrate rewards of hard work

Richmond v Hawthorn

Rohan Connolly Few wouldn't have enjoyed the sight of these 40-odd players raising the roof.

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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.

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Grima goal has the Kangaroos hopping in win

North Melbourne's Nathan Grima has reason to celebrate.

Rohan Connolly Fair to say there hasn't been a lot of fun about football in 2013.

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Hawks bank on big defender to tip match-up in their favour

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn knew heading into last year's finals series they could use another strong-bodied key defender. But after the preliminary final, it became non-negotiable.

Tippett a tall order for Lake and Hawks defence

Kurt Tippett

Rohan Connolly Last year Hawthorn got a big scare from Kurt Tippett.

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Season 2013: Five of the best

Ashley McGrath takes the Lions over the line; round 13, Brisbane Lions v Geelong.

Rohan Connolly This AFL season will always be remembered more for the incredible events off the field.

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Now Duigan can dine out on his four goals

Richmond's Alex Rance is shattered as Carlton's Nick Duigan celebrates his fourth goal on Sunday.

Rohan Connolly The Blue joins a select few unsung heroes who turned a final.