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.

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Cats keep cool heads in win over Kangaroos

Rohan Connolly Geelong might not be quite the powerhouse it was a few seasons ago, but you still need to be right on your game to beat the Cats.

Hawks tease Kangaroos

No way out: Hawk Cyril Rioli sandwiched between two Kangaroos.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn secures home qualifying final and all but puts North Melbourne out of finals.

A few flutters for the flag favourites

Ollie Wines played a pivotal role in Port Adelaide's semi-final win.

Rohan Connolly Recent finals history has been turned on its head. And now Port Adelaide and North Melbourne go into their preliminary finals with plenty of momentum.

Sydney should be too consistent for the Roos in preliminary final

Sydney is favoured to figure in a second grand final in three years.

Rohan Connolly The last time Sydney and North Melbourne clashed in September produced one of the more forgettable finals in recent AFL history. We can expect a lot more this time around.

Baby, what a week for North Melbourne coach Brad Scott

Brad Scott  with Brent Harvey at training last month.

Rohan Connolly The demands on an AFL coach's time are extraordinary enough during the regular season and even more so when his team is involved in finals, let alone when he's also just become a father for the first...

North Melbourne and Essendon final a battle of inconsistency

Expect the unexpected when Essendon or North are involved.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne and Essendon have both proved they can play decent football this season. But for how long?

AFL

Time to blow whistle on tiresome notion that umpires cost you the game

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Rohan Connolly You tend to revisit a lot of the same old stories every football season. But is there any annual debate in the game more tedious than that concerning umpiring?

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.

AFL

Interchange debate produces a nil-all draw

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Rohan Connolly The cap of 120 interchanges per team introduced by the AFL this season has not panned as anyone thought it would, but the outcome has been quite satisfactory.

AFL

Time for coach Brad Scott to get nasty with North Melbourne

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Rohan Connolly Despite the inevitable debate it provoked, North Melbourne coach Brad Scott’s post-match confrontation with Brisbane’s Tom Rockliff on Saturday night is really neither here nor there.

AFL

Defence the fine line between North Melbourne's pleasure and pain

Solid: Lachie Hansen is proving a handy intercept player in North's defence.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne is starting to realise just how fine a line can exist between success and failure. And the Roos’ opponent this weekend, Richmond, knows a bit about it, too.

AFL

Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly, noon Monday

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Rohan Connolly Discuss the footy issues that matter to you with The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly.

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AFL

What happened to the Hird-Archer Medal?

James Hird.

Rohan Connolly Such was the fervour surrounding the latest outbreak of controversy regarding suspended Essendon coach James Hird that it was perhaps surprising nobody seemed to notice something missing from last...

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Nick Riewoldt: more plaudits please for St Kilda skipper

Nick Riewoldt shares Eli Templeton’s joy at his first goal.

Rohan Connolly Over 14 seasons and 260 AFL games, Nick Riewoldt has delivered performances more eye-catching than Saturday night's effort for St Kilda against Melbourne.

AFL

Alastair Clarkson sees some of the Cats about Mark Thompson's Essendon

Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he can already see some signs Essendon is playing a game like the Geelong teams coached by his opposite number Mark Thompson.

AFL

MCG? What home-ground advantage?

Swans Adam Goodes, Ryan O'Keefe and Jude Bolton share the unique jubilation of grand final success.

Rohan Connolly Freo has plenty of hurdles to jump, but playing at the 'G may not be one of them.

AFL

Dismal Dees dismantled

Stacks on: Kangaroo Lindsay Thomas is mobbed by Melbourne players on Saturday, one of the few times the Dees went near the ball.

Rohan Connolly North Melbourne skipper suffers potentially season-ending injury as his side swats aside Melbourne by 122 points.

AFL

Dons done and dusted

Essendon v North Melbourne

Rohan Connolly How Essendon hung on in this game for even a half is anyone's guess.

AFL

Clarkson all set for run to the flag

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson walks out onto the field during the match against North Melbourne.

Rohan Connolly Relieved Hawthorn coach can start planning his side's finals assault.