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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly, noon Monday

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

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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.

And while I'm at it ...

Rohan Connolly AND WHILE I’M AT IT …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hawk Cyril Rioli in doubt for Swans finals clash

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24:  Cyril Rioli of the Hawks leaves the field injured during the round 22 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium on August 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Rohan Connolly Hawthorn small forward Cyril Rioli is in doubt for Friday's AFL qualifying final against Sydney at the MCG after failing to train with the main group on Thursday.

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Season 2013: Five of the best

Ashley McGrath takes the Lions over the line; round 13, Brisbane Lions v Geelong.

Rohan Connolly This AFL season will always be remembered more for the incredible events off the field.

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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.

Just give Tigers a little more time

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

Rohan Connolly A skill error here, a poor decision there and the nightmare was played out again.

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Sheedy's 1000

Triumph: Sheedy heads upfield in the 1973 grand final and there's nothing Carlton's Bruce Doull can do about it.

Rohan Connolly The 10 most significant games of Kevin Sheedy's 1000-game playing and coaching career in the VFL and AFL.

Tables turn as Dons face Roos

Dustin Fletcher tangles with Drew Petrie.

Rohan Connolly Round 10 doesn't seem all that long ago, the first weekend of a winter that still has plenty of chill left.

Roos looking the goods for finals

North Melbourne's Daniel Wells, Brent Harvey and Scott McMahon sing the team song in the rooms after their win over Essendon.

Rohan Connolly After a thumping by Hawthorn, North Melbourne has improved by leaps and bounds.

A round of early eliminations?

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Rohan Connolly Three rounds to go and three teams too many. That's the scenario entering round 21, with 11 teams still hoping to play in the finals.

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