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

Dockers down Tigers by 20 points

Rohan Connolly Richmond continued their Jekyll and Hyde act on Saturday at the MCG, where a 20-point loss to Fremantle was equal parts tenacity and turnovers.

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.

Dockers' hopes rest in Pavlich's hands

Matthew Pavlich

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

AFL

Malthouse envies the Dockers' blue-collar ethic

Mick Malthouse

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

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.

Close wins no accident for cool Cats

Geelong

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

For Geelong, it's not about this year

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Rohan Connolly Geelong won't win the 2014 premiership, but the future remains bright for the Cats.

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.

Hawthorn, Sydney, Geelong and Fremantle can still find something

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

AFL

Writing on the wall for Carlton's Robert Warnock

Injury has provided Warnock with some pretty low moments in his eight-year AFL career.

Rohan Connolly For most of this season, given Carlton has already spent much of that time out of finals contention, the Blues’ army of fans have been left with little to ponder other than the state of their...

AFL

Bottom-placed Saints stun Fremantle in upset of the season

What a win: Nick Riewold and Leigh Montagna.

Rohan Connolly St Kilda has given Lenny Hayes the perfect retirement present with a staggering 58-point win over Fremantle.

AFL

Saints' stunning upset a big blow to Fremantle's finals ambitions

Nick Surban (left) and Tendai Mzungu of the Dockers tackle Luke Delaney of the Saints.

Rohan Connolly It was the upset of the season. And for Fremantle, Saturday's shock 58-point thrashing at the hands of St Kilda has the potential to prove the disaster of the season.

AFL

Current Cats won't cut it in finals

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Rohan Connolly Geelong coach Chris Scott says the Cats are a “glass half-full” football club.

AFL

Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

Geelong's finals credentials.

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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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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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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Backline still the key to Bombers' new bounce

On the rise: Essendon players at training.

Rohan Connolly At the start of this season, Essendon tried hard to have the focus turned away from its involvement in the ASADA saga and towards its football.

AFL

Efficient Fremantle gets the job done against Richmond

Rohan Connolly Fremantle mightn't always be the prettiest side in the AFL to watch, but you have to admire the Dockers' capacity to first absorb opposition pressure then respond with ruthless efficiency on the...