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Ronan O'Connell

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I have been a professional journalist for more than a decade, including nine years at daily newspapers in WA, with seven of those at The West Australian.

I am currently gallivanting around the world working as a travel writer and analysing AFL and cricket.

Follow me on twitter @ronanoco

Member Since:
April 2013
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Hawks for flag, Buddy for Coleman

Hawks for flag, Buddy for Coleman

2 days ago

Roarers, it’s time to put your name on some end-of-season predictions. I will tip the minor premiers, flag winners, the grand final sides, the Brownlow medallist, Norm Smith medallist, Coleman medallist and NAB Rising Star winner for the 2014 AFL season. Then it’s your turn to do the same, after deriding my selections of course. […]

McGovern a rare positive in West Coast’s season

McGovern a rare positive in West Coast's season

4 days ago

The leading contested marker in the AFL this season is not Geelong power forward Tom Hawkins, Collingwood brute Travis Cloke, or Fremantle goliath Aaron Sandilands. It’s an unheralded, slightly-built, rookie-drafted forward playing for West Coast. The 22-year-old Jeremy McGovern has been one of the few pluses for the Eagles in what has been a wasted, […]

Is Ryan Harris’ Test career over?

Is Ryan Harris' Test career over?

25 Jul 2014

News that Ryan Harris might not be fit to play Test cricket until next year means we may never again see him in the baggy green. Harris and Shaun Marsh this week were both ruled out of October’s Test series against Pakistan due to their injury struggles. Marsh will be out for four months because […]

Carlisle can be the AFL’s best forward

Carlisle can be the AFL's best forward

23 Jul 2014

They are two of the most dominant performances by a key forward in recent AFL seasons. Both just happened to be produced by a much-maligned former defender – in consecutive weeks, no less. Essendon youngster Jake Carlisle proved against the Western Bulldogs on the weekend that his 19-mark effort against Collingwood in Round 17 was […]

Maxwell’s county cricket showing could edge out Doolan

Maxwell's county cricket showing could edge out Doolan

19 Jul 2014

Has Alex Doolan done enough to stay at first drop in the Australian Test side? Or will all-rounder Glenn Maxwell displace him for the October Tests against Pakistan? The decision could be heavily influenced by a pair of low-profile performances – Doolan’s 91 not-out for Australia A against India on Wednesday, and Maxwell’s blitzkrieg against […]

Excitement over feisty Demons dulled by toothless attack

Excitement over feisty Demons dulled by toothless attack

18 Jul 2014

After Melbourne knocked off finals contenders Essendon in Round 13, there was a wave of praise and optimism for the Demons. Their apparent development under new coach Paul Roos was framed by many pundits and fans as one of the big stories of the AFL season. Yet, as much as they have become a more […]

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