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.

AFL grand final: The moments that mattered

Ilustration: Matt Golding

Peter Hanlon Key moments in the grand final on Saturday.

AFL grand final: Luke Hodge leads the charge yet again

Pumped up: Luke Hodge celebrates the win.

Peter Hanlon Hawthorn's inspirational captain emerges from a trying year in a familiar place.

AFL grand final 2015: Tagger – A sideways glance at the contest

Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon It's easier to pick the winner than explain to the kids what Bryan Adams is doing here.

The booing culture that does the game no good


Peter Hanlon Even without Adam Goodes as the target, the booing continues.

Last chapter in Luke Hodge's year of living dangerously


Peter Hanlon Hawthorn's captain will enter another grand final after a season tinged with regret.

AFL grand final 2015: Umpires Brett Rosebury, Matt Stevic, Jeff Dalgleish named

Matt Stevic and Brett Rosebury, two of the three field umpires who will be officiating on Saturday.

Peter Hanlon After being overlooked last year, Brett Rosebury will return to umpire his seventh AFL grand final on Saturday.

The Age best grand final vote: No.5, 1970

No.5 in The Age Best grand final series: 1970

Peter Hanlon The Age asked you for your favourite grand final of all time and we are counting down the top five in grand final week.

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AFL finals 2015: Tiny Tagger’s view of West Coast v North Melbourne

AFL Sherrin

Peter Hanlon A sideways glance at the second preliminary final.

How The Great McCarthy came to life

AFL Sherrin

Peter Hanlon In his famous Australian novel, Barry Oakley saw football's future.

AFL finals 2015: Shaun Burgoyne reaps the benefit of September smarts

Peter Hanlon The veteran Hawk plays his 30th final on Friday night, more than all bar two players in the game's history.

AFL finals 2015: Tiny Tagger’s view of Fremantle v Hawthorn

Peter Hanlon A sideways glance at the first preliminary final.

AFL finals 2015: North Melbourne's Jarrad Waite finally fills in the blanks

Peter Hanlon The first-year Kangaroo is hitting the scoreboard but working harder than ever to ensure others do, too.

AFL finals 2015: Kangaroo Ben Jacobs is ready to take on best of the west

Ben Jacobs

Peter Hanlon Kangaroos' tagger takes team confidence into his biggest test yet.

AFL finals 2015: Brad Scott's Kangaroos to fly west on a mission

North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey feels the love from supporters after the game.

Peter Hanlon Kangaroos not satisfied with reaching a second consecutive preliminary final

AFL finals 2015: North's team attack brings down the pressure kings Sydney

Ben Brown of the Kangaroos is tackled by Heath Grundy of the Swans.

Peter Hanlon Brad Scott's team makes amends for last year's preliminary final loss in style.

AFL finals 2015: Tiny Tagger’s view of Sydney v North Melbourne

Kangaroos coach Brad Scott with his assistants during a training session on Thursday.

Peter Hanlon A sideways glance at the first semi-final.

AFL finals 2015: Tiny Tagger’s view of Hawthorn v Adelaide

Peter Hanlon A sideways glance at the second semi-final.

AFL finals 2015: Nothing much fazes Hawthorn's Grant Birchall - except losing

Peter Hanlon Not much bothers Hawthorn's laid-back defender Grant Birchall, except losing.

AFL finals 2015: What's happening in the centre of the football universe?

The waiting game: The Eagles flexed their muscles against 2014 premiers Hawthorn.

Peter Hanlon West Coast and Fremantle are in the box seat, but until then they're waiting ... and waiting.

AFL finals 2015: Shaun Higgins picks himself up on the tough September stage

Shaun Higgins picked himself up after a bruising collision

Peter Hanlon A sunny Sunday afternoon produced an elimination final full of the renowned hardness of September.