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.

Sun is setting for the old man by the sea

Peter Hanlon Corey Enright only has to cast an eye around the neighbourhood to measure the sand that has slipped through his football hourglass.

The goals footy clubs kick that don't change the ladder

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Peter Hanlon On Friday morning AFL boss Gillon McLachlan will announce the findings of a world-first research project into the impact football clubs have on their communities.

Cam Guthrie prepares to shake the tag


Peter Hanlon Cam Guthrie reflects on his career thus far as "like stepping stones to how you end up as a player". Entering his fifth season the foundations are laid, and it's time to flesh out the path.

Mitch Clark set to debut for Geelong

Cats recruit Mitch Clark during an open pre-season training session.

Peter Hanlon Steve Johnson's immediate prospects remain shaded in grey, but a ray of sunshine will fall on Geelong's pre-season opener in Townsville on Sunday when Mitch Clark plays his first game of football in...

A giving family gets something unexpected back

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Peter Hanlon The Melicans live across the street. Lewis, the youngest of Damian and Sue's three, flew to the Gold Coast for schoolies last week, came home a Sydney footballer, and headed north again without his...

Christian Petracca and new Demons look to an easier road ahead

Christian Petracca.

Peter Hanlon Christian Petracca put a positive spin on it, in the way of someone who knows the hardest thing they've done is behind them and life can only get easier from here.

AFL juggernaut: Caught up in the draft tornado

AFL draft

Peter Hanlon Wherever you sit on making grown-up saviours out of kids who've never played in a man's world, there is no denying the AFL national draft's explosive growth.

Robert Murphy announced as Western Bulldogs captain

Robert Murphy leads his team onto the field for his 250th game against the West Coast Eagles in March 2014.

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.

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AFL - not really the game of the people

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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.

AFL grand final 2014: Hawks stop trains with victory celebrations

Luke Hodge

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...

AFL grand final 2014: Grant Birchall's wee drama the only Hawthorn hiccup

Grant Birchall with the cup on Saturday.

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.

Luke Hodge gets nod as master among equals

Luke Hodge is over his hamstring injury.

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.

Luke Hodge: thank god he's a country boy

Luke Hodge is hoping to mark his 250th game with a third Hawthorn premiership.

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's grand final Tagger

Tiny Tagger.

Peter Hanlon Stuff "the process", this is the day to see Buddy kick one from 80 metres.

Brownlow Medal 2014: Matt Priddis is living proof of the power of humility

Brownlow Medal winner Matt Priddis with daughter Nala and wife Ashleigh at Patersons Stadium on Tuesday.

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.

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Brownlow Medal 2014: Humble Eagle Matt Priddis upsets the fancied runners

Matt Priddis is presented with the 2014 Brownlow Medal by Gary Ablett of the Suns on Monday 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...

North Melbourne shown a clear path to improvement

Kangaroos after preliminary final loss to Swans

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.