Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon has worked at The Age since 1995, initially as deputy sports editor, subsequently as editor of the Saturday and Sunday Age sports sections, and since 2007 as a senior sports writer. He writes extensively on the AFL, and has also covered the Beijing Olympics and Delhi Commonwealth Games.

When Michael Long stood up before he walked

Peter Hanlon Twenty years after he inspired a change that reverberated beyond football, Michael Long is still walking.

Greater Western Sydney's Jeremy Cameron is the pride of Dartmoor

AFL Sherrin

Peter Hanlon The young Giant's star continues to rise, and back in Dartmoor the locals are counting every goal.

Tagger: a sideways glance at a serious game

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Peter Hanlon Five things we thought up while in awe of Dustin Fletcher.

Helping to make a change: Magpie Tony Armstrong

Collingwood footballer Tony Armstrong believes he can help make a change

Peter Hanlon A young Magpie is working at being a better footballer and on living in a better world.

Essendon coach James Hird says Daniher 'could be anything'

Bombers coach James Hird has a word with Dustin Fletcher on the sidelines.

Peter Hanlon Bombers coach is pleased with gun forward and team's improved skill level in thrashing of Lions.

Joe Daniher hits his straps as Essendon thrash Brisbane Lions

Joe Daniher kicked a career-high six goals.

Peter Hanlon Joe Daniher kicked a career-high six goals as Essendon found form on Sunday.

Tagger: a sideways look at a serious game

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Peter Hanlon They're onto something, but Switzerland's still not far enough. Any chance they could hold it on Pluto?

Coach Luke Beveridge and Bulldogs 'gutted' after near miss

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge:

Peter Hanlon Bulldogs keen to take chances as Ross Lyon slams Etihad Stadium surface.

Nat Fyfe reported as Fremantle hold off inventive Western Bulldogs

Under report: Nat Fyfe handballs clear.

Peter Hanlon A radical restructuring of its ruck set-up inspired a comeback of huge character by the Western Bulldogs, but Fremantle clung on to remain unbeaten as Nat Fyfe's continued dominance was soured by a...

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'Relax, drop. Relax, drop.' Levi Casboult's goalkicking battle


Peter Hanlon He might be the best mark in the game, but kicking for goal is a constant struggle, one this big Blue is doing everything in his power to win.

Tagger: a sideways look at a serious game

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Peter Hanlon In a strange way it's been a relief to be talking again about how disappointing Jack Watts has been.

Geelong Cats Mitch Clark keen to play as his battle continues

Tom Hawkins and Mitch Clark celebrate a goal in the round six match against Collingwood.

Peter Hanlon Big Cat's mental health struggle can help others, says coach Chris Scott.

Late Brisbane Lions surge stuns Carlton

Blues skipper Marc Murphy with coach Mick Malthouse.

Peter Hanlon Carlton's season has hit a new low with the Lions defeating the slumping Blues by nine points at Etihad Stadium.

Allen Christensen rediscovers that winning feeling

Allen Christensen of the Lions handballs while being tackled by Andrew Walker of the Blues.

Peter Hanlon Brisbane's former Cat leads the charge as pressure mounts on Mick Malthouse and Carlton.

Tagger: a sideways look at a serious game


Peter Hanlon All your mum's done for you, and the best you can come up with for Mother's Day is a free ticket to a Carlton game.

Vic Cumberland, the footballer who proved there's life after 40

Vic Cumberland. Digitally coloured by Peter Lindsey.

Peter Hanlon Dustin Fletcher is about to become the second 40-year-old to play AFL/VFL football, but he'll never top the story of Vic Cumberland.

Top cricketer Jamie Cox sliding doors on his football dream

Saint: Nearly 30 years after being drafted by Essendon, Jamie Cox is at St Kilda.

Peter Hanlon Football was Jamie Cox's great love. After a life in cricket, it's now his sporting life.

No vest but Steve Johnson has another colourful afternoon

Against the flow: Ivan Maric of the Tigers runs clear.

Peter Hanlon Richmond rallies but captain Joel Selwood lifts to keep his team safe

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Tagger: a sideways look at a serious game

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

Peter Hanlon Twenty years since Longy took a stand, and a whole week since some knuckle-dragger called Bachar Houli a terrorist.

Umpiring's great leap forward from 'the man in white'


Peter Hanlon The push for diversity could see a female central umpire in the AFL within three years.