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.

Cats and Roos at home under the Etihad roof

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.

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Demons fall into familiar pattern of 'here we go again', says Roos

Demon Jack Grimes arrives a fraction too late to tackle Geelong's Steven Motlop.

Rohan Connolly Geelong has made short work of Melbourne at the MCG but missed a golden opportunity to close the big percentage gap on its rivals for a top-four berth.

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Defensive unit doing the job for Demons

Efficient: Tom McDonald, one of Melbourne's core of backs, lays a tackle on Tiger Shane Edwards.

Rohan Connolly Several times during his first pre-season in charge of Melbourne, Paul Roos made a point of identifying percentage, rather than wins and losses, as a measuring stick of the Demons’ improvement...

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Jack Grimes relaxed about Demons leadership conundrum

Jack Grimes.

Rohan Connolly Jack Grimes says he’s comfortable whatever the final decision on the Demons’ on-field leadership is for next year.

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AFL must save Demons

Melbourne fans

Rohan Connolly First Melbourne rebuilt. Lately, coach Mark Neeld has talked about rebuilding the rebuild.

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Tigers v Demons: no debate now

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Rohan Connolly If a week is a long time in football these days, a little over a year is an eternity. And nothing will underline that better than when co-tenants Richmond and Melbourne face-off at their MCG home on...

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Wasteful Tigers down Demons

Richmond v Melbourne

Rohan Connolly Richmond have survived a week of turmoil, suspensions and injuries and their own terrible kicking to defeat a depleted Melbourne in their AFL clash at the MCG.

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Geelong's second-term burst makes dominance really count

Cameron Guthrie attempts to scoop up the ball

Rohan Connolly Melbourne was still within three goals of Geelong as the quarter-time siren rang at the MCG on Saturday, but seldom this season will an ostensibly gettable defecit prove as deceptive as this one did.

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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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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.

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Paul Roos gives umpires a spray over Dean Terlich and Stewart Crameri incidents

Paul Roos.

Rohan Connolly Melbourne coach Paul Roos has taken a shot at the umpires in his team’s 16-point loss against the Bulldogs over one free kick that wasn’t paid and one that was.

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Richmond reaches fork in the road

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Rohan Connolly Richmond has had some embarrassing losses over the years, but few would have rankled with the faithful as much as Saturday’s defeat against Melbourne.

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Nature or nurture - footy's developing question

Thrown to the wolves: Jack Watts is monstered by Collingwood.

Rohan Connolly It's a couple of weeks short of five years since Jack Watts made his AFL debut with Melbourne, an occasion which attracted even more attention than when he'd been selected at No.

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly A schizophrenic schedule, even Demon defeats impressive, and Tigers' tale of woe.

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Blues all talk, no action

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Rohan Connolly It has been two months now since outgoing Carlton president Stephen Kernahan, following the Blues’ shocking 0-4 start to the season, conceded that his club had to rebuild its senior list.

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Gap between Essendon and the best is a yawning chasm

Rohan Connolly When ASADA finally delivered those long-promised “show cause” notices to the bulk of Essendon’s senior list last week, an already difficult season for the Bombers became a lot more...

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Pre-season: What we've learnt

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Rohan Connolly Here's just a few things we have already gleaned from this February's football.

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Message for Carlton: no messiahs in the modern game

Carlton Football Club.

Rohan Connolly Carlton is a club with major issues at several levels. Its players lack fight and on-field direction.

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Blue day as Dees dare to believe

Jack Watts

Rohan Connolly When a team has won just one of its past 21 games, and not at all for nearly a year, you can’t take anything for granted.

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Fate not kind to Dean Bailey

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Rohan Connolly Fate wasn’t kind to Dean Bailey when it came to timing, neither in football nor in the much larger game of life.