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

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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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Risk-free football does fans no favours

Rohan Connolly Nothing in football is certain, but if empirical evidence is any guide, Monday’s Geelong-Hawthorn clash will be a belter. Let’s hope so. Because the AFL has seldom needed one more.

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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.

Desperate Crows swing the axe for Sydney clash

The Crows train.

Rohan Connolly Adelaide, still without a win after two rounds, has made five changes to its side for Saturday's big test against an equally desperate Sydney.

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Trent Cotchin can't do it all for Tigers

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Rohan Connolly A great deal has changed at Richmond over the last five years.

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Perfect storm forms over AFL

Rohan Connolly Potting the AFL has always been a popular pastime, but the league is currently copping a hammering - unprecedented even by its standards.

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For Hawthorn's Luke Breust, goals are the gimmick

Jarryd Roughead (left) lines up behind Luke Breust in Launceston as he prepares to kick a goal in the match against the Lions on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly When Hawthorn's Luke Breust reaches into his bag of tricks, he has one goal in mind - scoring.

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Beating the bogey the challenge for Tigers, Dons and Swans

Scoot with the loot: Carlton's Chris Judd has enjoyed some fun at the Tigers' expense in recent years. Training for the big game looks pretty cool too.

Rohan Connolly By popular consensus this is the weekend which should have launched the AFL season. Round two is a cracker, full of big games and great rivalries.

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Andrew Demetriou won't brush mistakes under the carpet

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Rohan Connolly Outgoing AFL chief says he won't 'brush under the carpet' the mistakes that have damaged the game.

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Jake Carlisle report worsens Essendon's forward struggles

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Rohan Connolly Essendon's revamped forward structure has struck trouble before the AFL season even starts, with new key forward Jake Carlisle facing suspension for kneeing an opponent and the Bombers still...

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AFL season 2014: The most even in recent memory

The premiership battle will be much closer in 2014.

Rohan Connolly The list of clubs that came close will be truly remarkable when the siren sounds on season 2014.

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Fate not kind to Dean Bailey

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Rohan Connolly Fate wasn’t kind to Dean Bailey when it came to timing, neither in football nor in the much larger game of life.

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Richmond downs Collingwood by 48 points in their NAB Challenge match at Wangaratta

Ground zero: Tiger Matthew Arnot and Magpie Scott Pendlebury battle for the ball during their NAB Challenge match at Wangaratta on Saturday.

Rohan Connolly Victory, not for the first time engineered by Richmond's classiest acts,

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Pre-season: What we've learnt

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Rohan Connolly Here's just a few things we have already gleaned from this February's football.

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Test for Blues, Tigers get off lightly

Chris Judd

Rohan Connolly Carlton was the beneficiary of Essendon's stunning expulsion from the 2013 finals series, but the Blues have paid something of a price two months down the track for their good fortune.

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Watters sacking: Dermott Brereton launches scathing attack on Saints and Chris Pelchen

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Rohan Connolly Dermott Brereton has launched a scathing attack on St Kilda and in particular its head of football Chris Pelchen for the club's 'pathetic' decision to sack coach Scott Watters on Friday.

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In AFL one thing is certain

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Yep, uncertainty. So, if your team looks to have copped a tough draw, all is not lost.

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Saints pay Port to get Richardson

Alan Richardson

Rohan Connolly It took a day of haggling over compensation for a rival's loss of a director of coaching, but St Kilda late on Thursday got its man when it announced its new senior coach as long-time assistant Alan...

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Best of the rest still full of hope ahead of drafts

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Rohan Connolly Never have so many disappointed but still hopeful AFL prospects sweated on their futures as the huge pool awaiting Wednesday's pre-season and rookie drafts.

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Darren Jolly blasts Nathan Buckley as a 'coward'

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Rohan Connolly Disillusioned Darren Jolly concedes his AFL career is over, but not without some fierce parting shots at the manner in which it ended.

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