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

Hawks' 12th flag could be their best

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly It goes without saying Hawthorn is the most successful club of football’s last 50 years, 10 of its 11 premierships won since 1971, a strike rate of one flag every 4.

AFL

It's official, Jason Dunstall's a true Hawks legend

Jason Dunstall loved the chase, the tackle and the assist every bit as much as a goal.

Rohan Connolly When it came to the business of playing for a successful club in its greatest era, Jason Dunstall's timing couldn't have been better.

AFL

Home sweet second home for Hawks

Top spot: Aurora Stadium has proven a happy hunting ground for Hawthorn.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn’s sizeable contingent of fans in Melbourne weren’t overly pleased when their club announced in 2001 it would start playing some home games in Launceston.

AFL

Hawks extend AFL run over Magpies

Luke Breust played a crucial role in Hawthorn's victory.

Rohan Connolly Nothing can deflate a team that which has worked its heart out to stay in a contest more effectively than a burst of quick goals from its opponent.

AFL

Hawks' run over Pies rankles coach Buckley

Tough talk: Nathan Buckley with Jarrod Witts during Saturday's game.

Rohan Connolly and Jason Phelan Hawthorn's stranglehold over Collingwood continues, the Hawks recording their 11th win from the two clubs' last 14 meetings at the MCG on Saturday, at the same time putting a serious dent in the...

AFL

Low-flying Hawks about to be thrust back into the spotlight

The continued development of Brad Hill (right), seen here celebrating a goal with Ben Ross, has been critical to Hawthorn's contuinued success.

Rohan Connolly It seems absurd that the AFL’s reigning premier, second on the ladder, could somehow manage to fly under the radar, but Hawthorn lately seems to have managed it.

AFL

No regrets on Dayle Garlett, says Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson

Should Dayle Garlett want to play WAFL weekend, there is nothing in the rules stopping him from doing so.

Rohan Connolly, Tom Atkinson In what would be a huge coup for the WAFL, Dayle Garlett could play for Swan Districts as early as this Saturday afternoon against East Perth.

AFL

Sam Mitchell back to boost Hawks

Sam Mitchell.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn's undersized defence has turned to fringe player Matt Spangher for help as the Hawks prepare to take on Fremantle in Friday night's rematch of last year's grand final at the MCG.

AFL

Port Adelaide's turn to apply pressure to Hawks

Port Power: Chad Wingard

Rohan Connolly It was less than three years ago, in August 2011, that Hawthorn inflicted upon Port Adelaide the most crushing and humiliating defeat of its AFL history.

Cool Hawks find path to completion

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

AFL

Cool Hawks find path to completion

Hawthorn celebrates winning the 2013 Premiership

Rohan Connolly In all the gushing about Fremantle's incredible levels of defensive pressure during the week, people might have been forgetting something.

AFL

Hawks redeemed, but as a spectacle it wasn't pleasant

Rohan Connolly Redemption always tastes sweet, and particularly so on the grand final stage.

AFL

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

Rohan Connolly

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.

AFL

Hawks can beat Kennett curse

Hawthorn v Sydney

Rohan Connolly Each time Hawthorn and Geelong have clashed since 2008, it has felt like a final.

Hawks find salvation in deadly duo

Hawthorn v Adelaide Crows 1st Preliminary Final.

Rohan Connolly Deja vu can never have felt as chilling for any Hawthorn supporter than during the final quarter last night. It was happening again.

Rohan Connolly

The scare Hawks had to have

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn has the fundamentals in place to win the flag.

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Hawks clearly the best: Harvey

Collingwood football training. Nathan Buckley and Robert Harvey. 10th of April 2012.

Rohan Connolly Magpies assistant coach Robert Harvey says team took confidence out of last week's win.

The Connolly Report

Hawks search for answers

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Rohan Connolly You can analyse, theorise and pore over all the science you like in football, but sometimes the explanations are nothing more complex than some missed chances.

Hawks' window still open, Swans true heavyweights

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Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly wraps up the final weekend of the AFL season for 2012.