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On the eve of his 30th year with The Age newspaper, respected Melbourne sports journalist Rohan Connolly regaled Old Paradians with his stories behind the stories, at the Association’s inaugural Business Breakfast for 2016.

Working the floor of the George Harris Function Room at Ikon Park, the impassioned Essendon follower dealt with a whole range of football-related topics, from James Hird to Jobe Watson and, inevitably, ASADA and WADA. Rohan also answered a steady barrage of questions put to him, and volunteered his selections for the 2016 Premiership (West Coast), wooden spoon (Essendon), Brownlow Medal (Luke Parker), Rising Star (Darcy Moore) and Coleman Medal (Josh Kennedy).

Given that his journalistic career commenced on Flinders Street at The Sun News-Pictorial in 1983, 50 minutes could barely do justice to the sum total of stories Rohan could summon.

Regardless, the recollections of a reporter for whom it could truly be said calls the game as he feels it was genuinely appreciated by those in attendance - including the 56-game former Richmond and North Melbourne footballer Frank Di Mattina and his brother and Old Paradian Dom (1954); the President of the Old Paradians’ Association Amateur Football Club Mike Jolley; and Matt Ryan, the 73-game former Collingwood, Sydney and Brisbane rover.

To view all function-related images, go to and click on the icon marked “OPA Business Breakfast, March 2016” in the Image Galleries section on the left of the homepage.

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