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.

AFL

Good and bad Buddy Franklin on show in Sydney Swans opener

Lance Franklin

Rohan Connolly Buddy's first game for the Swans was quiet and occasionally error-prone.

AFL

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.

AFL

Harder Swans brought Pies unstuck

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Rohan Connolly In an era in which it's hard for teams to string together any number of wins, The Pie's winning streak over Sydney was one of the game's most significant.

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AFL

Swans v Geelong: Cattery curse could be broken again

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Rohan Connolly Geelong's home ground officially the most impenetrable fortress league football has seen.

AFL

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.

AFL

Impossible win at Cats' fortress still spurs Swans to a finals fling

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Rohan Connolly SYDNEY had far more important matters on their mind than history when they upset Geelong at Simonds Stadium two years ago.

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AFL

Swans face daunting road trip to west

Chris Mayne and Danyle Pearce of the Dockers celebrate a goal during the qualifying final against Geelong.

Rohan Connolly The Dockers have become a reliable road team under Ross Lyon.

Kurt appraisal: Swans harder to pin down with big man on the sidelines

Kurt Tippett

Rohan Connolly Perceptions in football can change markedly in the space of just a couple of games.

AFL

Swans may fly with Tippett on sideline

Rohan Connolly

Rohan Connolly Perceptions in football can change markedly in the space of just a couple of games.

Hawks' window still open, Swans true heavyweights

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Rohan Connolly Rohan Connolly wraps up the final weekend of the AFL season for 2012.

AFL

It's business as usual as Swans fly under radar

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Rohan Connolly Were it not for the final two games of 2012, the lead-up to Friday night's big clash between Collingwood and Sydney would be dominated by the concept of the hoodoo.

AFL

Goodes shines for Swans in difficult conditions

Adam Goodes celebrates a goal with Lewis Jetta.

Rohan Connolly No one would have blamed Sydney champion for a bad game given the week he had endured.

AFL

Swans in doubt for top four

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Rohan Connolly To say you can't win the flag without finishing top four in the modern era isn't just a truism, it's an incontrovertible fact.

AFL

Swans face battle to avoid unwanted history

Rohan Connolly In the modern era you can't win the flag without finishing in the top four.

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Another visit to the Cats to test Swans

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Rohan Connolly Swans have won kudos for having held on to one of the top two spots on the ladder since June.

Crows by a nose on Swans

Rohan Connolly The visiting Swans will push the Crows early, but Adelaide has the better form.

Strength in midfield makes Swans a force

Swans midfielder Jude Bolton is grounded by Hawk Kyle Cheney as Brent Guerra (left) and Lewis Jetta look on.

Rohan Connolly Why Sydney has taken the step from mere finals prospect to genuine flag contender.

AFL

Hawks' 12th flag could be their best

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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.

AFL

Hawthorn proved catalyst for Lance Franklin finding form

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Rohan Connolly If a week is a long time in football, three months might as well be a lifetime - more than enough for the most sweeping of statements to be forgotten.

AFL

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.