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 has six months to rue lost chances

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide charged through a gap against Fremantle. Now it knows what it feels to be like on the opposite side.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley praises his warriors but says they still have to get better

Ken Hinkley talks to his players during a break in the game.

Rohan Connolly A proud Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley lauded the efforts of his young side which came so close to a grand final berth on Saturday night, but also warned that the Power would need to keep improving...

Port Adelaide powers back from MCG nightmare against Hawthorn

John Butcher (left) of the Power leaves the field with teammates with the scoreboard showing the Port's 165-point loss.

Rohan Connolly Port Adelaide goes into Saturday night's preliminary final against Hawthorn at the MCG not having met the Hawks there since the low point in its AFL history three years ago. Much has changed.

History makes it hard for Port Adelaide against Fremantle

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Rohan Connolly Every year, a bandwagon develops around at least one of the elimination final winner's prospects of putting a qualifying final loser out in straight sets. And every year, it doesn't happen.

Port Adelaide hovers on the brink of unwanted football history

Port Adelaide.

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.

Hawthorn and Sydney: it's grand to see you again

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Rohan Connolly The Swans and Hawks have already set the grand final bar high.

Live blog with Rohan Connolly, noon Monday

Kick straight or lose?

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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Connolly's wrap: the preliminary finalists

Rohan Connolly For a fourth year in a row Hawthorn endured a nail-biting preliminary final decided by less than a kick, fortunately the scoreline now 3-1.

Accuracy the premiership goal

Eyes straight: Shaun Burgoyne practises kicking for goal.

Rohan Connolly The game's most fundamental skill will probably determine the winner of the AFL grand final.

AND WHILE I'M AT IT ...

Rohan Connolly Saturday's grand final is obviously the most important game of the season. But you wonder if down the track, Port Adelaide's comeback victory over Fremantle in last week's semi-final might not rank...

Once a sad case, Sydney became a September specialist

The Swans and Kangaroos battle out the 1996 grand final.

Rohan Connolly When Sydney plays North Melbourne in Friday night's preliminary final, memories of a much darker chapter in the Swans' history will be revived.

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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.

Hawthorn faces the big Power surge

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Rohan Connolly Hawthorn might have won an abundance of premierships in the modern era, but there’s little doubt a back-to-back triumph in 2014 would be as satisfying as any of the previous wins.