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.

Port Adelaide hovers on the brink of unwanted football history

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide is in serious danger of creating an unwanted slice of football history.

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Port Adelaide losing a little power

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Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide has set the bar so high and so unexpectedly this AFL season that there had to be a correction of sorts at some stage. And it’s happening right now.

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Jay Schulz, Port Adelaide's frequent flyer, thrives on being grounded

Rohan Connolly Even as a kid, let alone as an AFL player, Jay Schulz was renowned for a disregard for his personal safety if it was going to stand in the way of the sheer thrill of being alive and active.

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Geelong and Port Adelaide followed very different paths after 2007

Victors: Geelong players celebrate their 2007 AFL grand final win.

Rohan Connolly Forks in the road of football history don't come a lot sharper than those which followed the events of AFL grand final day in 2007.

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Port Adelaide premiership is no pipedream

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Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide is no novelty. It's the real deal.

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Port Adelaide powers out of the defensive box

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Rohan Connolly The past decade of football has been an interesting case study for those who enjoy taking the big-picture view of the game and its continued evolution.

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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.

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Port Adelaide's season already a success for the faithful

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Rohan Connolly By the end of its first five games under Ken Hinkley, Port had already matched its win tally for 2012.

How should the Tigers tackle their final hurdle?

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Rohan Connolly Little has changed in Sydney's world since it last played Richmond. But for the Tigers, who haven't lost a game since, it's a lifetime.

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.

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Hawks' 12th flag could be their best

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.

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

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?

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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.

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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.

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Hawthorn to test the mettle of the AFL's up-and-coming Gold Coast Suns

The challenge for Gold Coast's midfield against the Hawks is almost a microcosm of the bigger team picture.

Rohan Connolly If the AFL could have written a script for how the first of its two latest expansion clubs should perform on the field, it probably wouldn’t have been a lot different to the story of Gold...

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Tigers win two on the trot but coach Hardwick not happy

Damien Hardwick speaks to his players during a break.

Rohan Connolly Richmond has scored consecutive victories for the first time in a disappointing 2014, but coach Damien Hardwick was anything but satisfied with his side's fifth win of the season against the Brisbane...

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Collingwood no lock for finals, problems no easy fix

Collingwood trudges off after losing to Gold Coast.

Rohan Connolly Four weeks ago on Monday, after an efficient Queen’s Birthday holiday disposal of Melbourne, Collingwood was parked comfortably in the AFL’s top four.

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Run to the AFL finals: how your team will fare

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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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Collingwood missing the scoreboard spread

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Rohan Connolly For most of this year, any discussion about Collingwood's capacity to challenge for the premiership has gone hand-in-hand with the debate about the form of Travis Cloke.