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.

North Melbourne shown a clear path to improvement

Peter Hanlon There was desolation in the North Melbourne rooms on Friday night, but resignation too. Improvement comes from acknowledging the benchmark and vowing to reach it, and the broken Kangaroos knew the...

North coach Brad Scott lauds scintillating Swans

Brad Scott tries to devise a means to pull the chestnuts out of the fire during the preliminary final against the Swans.

Peter Hanlon North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his players have the "carrot" to take them further next season.

North succumbs to the pressure kings

Lance Franklin celebrates after kicking a goal as North Melbourne's players look dejected.

Peter Hanlon The hand that covered Brad Scott's mouth crept up to shield his eyes. cradling a head labouring under the dull weight of frustration. Here was the picture of another North Melbourne turnover.

Tiny Tagger: Hawthorn v Port Adelaide

Tiny Tagger.

Peter Hanlon A few pre-game ramblings.

Tiny Tagger ... on the Roos, twin coaches and the Birregurra Rec Reserve

Peter Hanlon Can the Roos survive the Buddy and Kurt show?

Prankster Nathan Grima switches on to a job not so funny

Nathan Grima

Peter Hanlon Scott Thompson draws comfort from seeing Nathan Grima nearby in the North Melbourne backline, and was acutely aware of his lengthy absence with a foot injury through the middle of the season.

Pssst: Coodabeens make 'crapping on' about footy an art form

The Coodabeens back in 1995.

Peter Hanlon Ian Cover says the Coodabeen Champions have never "analysed or scrutinised or workshopped" why they've been on radio talking about football for 34 seasons.

How the Hawks turned a nightmare into goalkicking gold

Luke Breust (left) and Jack Gunston hold back Sydney's Heath Grundy.

Peter Hanlon Even quiet revolutions have trigger points, and Hawthorn's turnaround to lead all comers in the game's most decisive skill is easily traced.

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Tiny Tagger – Fremantle v Port Adelaide

Tiny Tagger.

Peter Hanlon The Dockers will need a Lyon-hearted effort against the Power.

Tiny tagger: Geelong v North Melbourne

Mark Blicavs might be a fraction faster than Told Goldstein, but what difference will that really make?

Peter Hanlon A FEW PRE-GAME RAMBLINGS

Tom Lonergan challenges Cats to defy expectation

Tom Lonergan defies the Hawks attack in the Qualifying Final.

Peter Hanlon Tom Lonergan says Geelong has been on a dual mission in 2014 - to set up the club for the future while instilling the mindset that September for a footballer doesn't necessarily come once a year.

Nick Dal Santo kicks goals in second football life

Nick Dal Santo.

Peter Hanlon Nick Dal Santo - champion player, keen thinker, budding businessman.

Tiny Tagger - Port Adelaide v Richmond

Tiny Tagger.

Peter Hanlon A few pre-game ramblings about Sunday's first elimination final.

Hawks soar over Cats to frank their flag claims

Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis celebrates after kicking a goal against Geelong at the MCG on Friday.

Peter Hanlon The question asked for a fortnight in every exhaustable fashion had been: which half mattered most?

Kayne Turner: AFL's baby who knows only one way

Kayne Turner, all 70 kilograms of him, at Arden Street this week.

Peter Hanlon That Kayne Turner has been to the MCG only once, years ago as a Richmond-supporting child, might normally be enough to craft a whole tale around.

Tiny Tagger – Sydney v Fremantle

Tiny Tagger.

Peter Hanlon A few pre-game ramblings

Tiny Tagger - North Melbourne v Essendon

Tiny Tagger.

Peter Hanlon A few pre-game ramblings

Tiny Tagger: Hawthorn v Geelong

Peter Hanlon A few pre-game ramblings

Tom Liberatore wins Bulldogs best and fairest

Peter Hanlon Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon has rated 2014 a setback in his club's football development.

AFL finals wildcards: The players to watch this September

Josh Caddy tries to break free from Brisbane's Rohan Bewick in round 23.

Peter Hanlon Josh Caddy thinks back to 2011 and the case of Tom Hawkins, a Geelong emergency late in the home-and-away season, and a nine-mark, 19-possession, three-goal hero on grand final day.