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.

New season, new look for Melbourne and St Kilda

pick 3 St Kilda Jack Billings
AFL draft 2013 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. Picture by John French 21nov2013

Rohan Connolly Melbourne and St Kilda will bear little resemblance to the line-ups of last season when they clash on Saturday - even their coaches are new.

AFL

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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St Kilda survives then thrives to edge out GWS

Rohan Connolly The first quarter of this game provided plenty of entertaining, open football. If round one had shown the fighting qualities of both the Giants and Saints, the first stanza of each side's next...

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St Kilda holds out determined GWS Giants

Nick Riewoldt.

Rohan Connolly A brilliant five-goal display from Nick Riewoldt has helped St Kilda outlast the improving Greater Western Sydney by seven pointsat Etihad Stadium.

AFL

St Kilda coach a rap for Riewoldt again

Alan Richardson talks to his players during a break.

Rohan Connolly For a second consecutive week, new St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has paid tribute to his veteran captain Nick Riewoldt, after the five-time best and fairest winner dragged his team over the line...

Live blog: St Kilda's body blow

Footy Fix

Rohan Connolly St Kilda met its biggest challenge of 2010 in round three when Nick Riewoldt went down. This season it came a week earlier, the circumstances of the shock to the system eerily similar.

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The greatest game of all: Geelong v North Melbourne 1994

Gary Ablett is besieged by teammates Michael Mansfield (left) and Garry Hocking (right) after kicking the match winning goal.

Rohan Connolly It's 20 years since Geelong beat North Melbourne in a finals classic so good it might just be the greatest game of football ever played.

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Richmond's climb up the AFL ladder one for the record books

Richmond

Rohan Connolly Richmond's climb up the ladder from 3-10 has not only created football history, but set the Tigers up for further success, regardless of what happens next week.

Report card for AFL teams that didn't make the grade

Josh Hill returns to the Eagles side this weekend.

Rohan Connolly Ten teams have bowed out for season 2014. Rohan Connolly rates their performances.

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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.

Blues buoyed by rebuilding of Dale Thomas' tank

Dale Thomas

Rohan Connolly Carlton has much to look forward to in the recent form of high-priced recruit Dale Thomas.

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Brownlow Medal race shaping as a classic with Ablett, Franklin and Heppell in the frame

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Rohan Connolly The contenders are dropping like flies, but this year's Brownlow Medal could still provide a remarkable winner.

Cats and Roos at home under the Etihad roof

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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.

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Maxwell's smarts deserve a fairer hearing from footy folk

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Rohan Connolly Over the past couple of years, there’s been two guaranteed methods of getting football fans to unleash torrents of venom about something not connected to their club.

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Bottom-placed Saints stun Fremantle in upset of the season

What a win: Nick Riewold and Leigh Montagna.

Rohan Connolly St Kilda has given Lenny Hayes the perfect retirement present with a staggering 58-point win over Fremantle.

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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.

AFL

Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly

Geelong's finals credentials.

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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Richmond leaders stand up

The Tigers run through the banner before the start of the game.

Rohan Connolly Richmond's on-field leaders have been criticised all season for their failure to steady a sinking ship, but the Tigers' best stood up in a big way in their 44-point win over St Kilda at Etihad...

AFL

Cotchin stars as Tigers beat Saints in AFL

A third quarter melee involving Anthony Miles , Jimmy Webster , Dustin Martin and Sebastian Ross

Rohan Connolly Skipper Trent Cotchin kicked a career-best five goals as Richmond scored just their fourth AFL win of the season on Saturday, beating bottom side St Kilda by 44 points at Etihad Stadium.