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.
Peter Hanlon Bob Murphy will enter his 16th season as a Western Bulldog with the captaincy of a club he has served with great distinction and loyalty.
Peter Hanlon As the Bulldogs tossed zeroes in the air and Tom Boyd dived for the nearest pen, a country community that produces sporting stars like spuds was looking the other way.
Peter Hanlon No sooner had president Andrew Newbold vowed that his team wasn't finished winning premierships just yet and intended to be a juggernaut of the AFL, than a fire started and the Lilydale train line...
Peter Hanlon Grant Birchall's difficulty in passing water ended up being the only hiccup in a day when all else the Hawks did was as fluid as a running stream.
Peter Hanlon Jordan Lewis is an engaging and enlightening media performer, but to date he hasn't been in the habit of quoting George Orwell.
Peter Hanlon Jonathan Brown was just a small boy (hard as that is to imagine) when he lived for a few years in Luke Hodge's home town of Colac, but he knows the place and its people.
Peter Hanlon Stuff "the process", this is the day to see Buddy kick one from 80 metres.
Peter Hanlon It can seem at times like modern AFL football doesn't do humility, and nowhere in an increasingly blocked-out calendar do the howls of "look at me" echo louder than on Brownlow night.
Peter Hanlon There had been an expectation that Joel Selwood would lower his head, no-one would jeer, and his reward would be far greater than any routine free kick - former teammate Gary Ablett draping the...
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...
Peter Hanlon North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his players have the "carrot" to take them further next season.
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.
Peter Hanlon A few pre-game ramblings.
Peter Hanlon Can the Roos survive the Buddy and Kurt show?
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.
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.
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.
Peter Hanlon The Dockers will need a Lyon-hearted effort against the Power.
Peter Hanlon A FEW PRE-GAME RAMBLINGS
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.