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.

Dockers' hopes rest in Pavlich's hands

Rohan Connolly The Dockers in 2013 are experts in applying the brakes, but still with a bit to learn about hitting the accelerator.

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Malthouse envies the Dockers' blue-collar ethic

Mick Malthouse

Rohan Connolly Disappointed coach says Dockers did everything the Blues had failed to do.

Dockers rewrite the script

Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers marks in front of Paul Chapman of the Cats during the second AFL elimination final.

Rohan Connolly The scoreline at quarter-time looked as expected. But the teams were the wrong way round.

Dockers live by Lyon's lore

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon.

Rohan Connolly For Ross Lyon, it's about a job. And for him and his side, it's a job only partially done.

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Lyon-sized Dockers show finals quality

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Rohan Connolly There's a parallel between Ross Lyon as coach of St Kilda and his efforts at Fremantle.

Dowdy Dockers get the job done

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Rohan Connolly After seven rounds, Fremantle is conceding fewer points a game than any other side.

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Risk-free football does fans no favours

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Rohan Connolly Nothing in football is certain, but if empirical evidence is any guide, Monday’s Geelong-Hawthorn clash will be a belter. Let’s hope so. Because the AFL has seldom needed one more.

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Saga a wake-up call on 'off-label' drugs: Lyon

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Rohan Connolly Fremantle coach says more collaborative approach to sports science is needed.

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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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Season 2014: Collingwood and Fremantle both vulnerable

The opening game of the 2014 season will see two top-four contenders fight for their legitimacy.

Rohan Connolly If a football team is only as good as its most vulnerable part, Friday night's season-opener between Collingwood and Fremantle should be an intriguing match-up.

Bob Rose or Malcolm Blight?

Ross Lyon

Rohan Connolly Whether Ross Lyon's coaching career follows the path of Bob Rose (close, but no premierships) or Malcolm Blight (three defeats then back-to-back flags), the Docker will never be one to be overwhelmed...

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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon returns 'hungrier and keen' for success

Ross Lyon and Peter Sumich.

Rohan Connolly After handing over the reins to assistant Peter Sumich last week, Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is back in the box.

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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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Fixture: hits 'n' misses

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Rohan Connolly There's a bit of something for everyone in the AFL fixture for 2014, and we're not just talking about the marketing and football departments of the 18 clubs.

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Lions take high road, Embley and Dees fans the low

Andrew Embley

Rohan Connolly Better than good was the eighth biggest comeback in league history.

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Suns shine brightly and claim their biggest scalp

Sam Day, Seb Tape and Trent McKenzie of the Suns celebrate a goal against Collingwood.

Rohan Connolly This was a complete performance from Gold Coast, leading from start to finish.

Tougher Tigers pass test

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Rohan Connolly Richmond, and Chris Newman, will get to play finals.

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Swans in doubt for top four

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Rohan Connolly To say you can't win the flag without finishing top four in the modern era isn't just a truism, it's an incontrovertible fact.

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Swans face battle to avoid unwanted history

Rohan Connolly In the modern era you can't win the flag without finishing in the top four.

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