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.

Tagger: A sideways glance at a serious game

Peter Hanlon Apparently the AFL Commission met in Tasmania on Friday. Presumably someone helped them find it.

The Magnificent Two – a new-age western

AFL Sherrin

Peter Hanlon What happens when the west rules the roost? We might be about to find out.

Conor McKenna set to make his mark, no subtitles required

On debut: Conor McKenna of the Bombers will relish playing at the MCG on Saturday.

Peter Hanlon Essendon's Irish rookie relishes a crowd, and in his debut on Saturday night he'll get just that.

Chris Scott says Cats will bring their best

AFL Sherrin

Peter Hanlon Scott sees positives with Cats' season on a cliff edge.

How Daniel Menzel has come to the cusp of a football fairytale

No longer in the margins: Geelong's Daniel Menzel could return to AFL football this week.

Peter Hanlon Tortured Cat who has overcome four knee reconstructions is set for his first game since 2011.

Geelong and St Kilda share points after Steve Johnson's gaffe

Steve Johnson of the Cats is challenged by Jarryn Geary of the Saints.

Peter Hanlon A pulsating game ends all tied up as Saint Shane Savage narrowly misses in the dying seconds.

Tagger: A sideways glance at a serious game

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Peter Hanlon When they're old and grey, small children will still be talking about the day they saw Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Stokes play on the same team.

Nick O'Brien toils on under stormy skies

Steep learning curve: Essendon's Nick O'Brien, whose whole career has been played under the cloud of the drugs saga (he didn't take part in the program), and who is finally finding his feet and playing regular senior football.

Peter Hanlon For someone whose entire AFL career has been played under metaphorically stormy skies, Nick O'Brien is blessed with a bright outlook.

US import Jason Holmes ready to make history in his debut for St Kilda

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Peter Hanlon The AFL's first born and bred American import will make his debut on Saturday night, and change the game.

AFL: Grassroots funding starts in the toilet and spreads through communities

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 19:  Anakie Football Club president Heath Menhennet poses for a photo at the club's home ground on August 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Fairfax Media) *** Local Caption *** Heath Menhennet

Peter Hanlon Gillon McLachlan's pledge to bolster grassroots football with the $2.5 billion TV rights money is a broad-ranging ideal.

Class of '85 rejoice in Bulldogs old and new

Pedigree: Mitch Wallis (son of Steve and Sue) might yet show a few old dogs some new tricks.

Peter Hanlon An uncommon reunion stirs fond memories and fans hope for the future.

Football turns up volume on tragedies like deaths of Cooper Ratten, Phil Walsh

Members of the Yarra Glen Football Club gather at

Peter Hanlon Having watched his team lose by 98 points, Melbourne coach Paul Roos agreed to a request by the Bulldogs on Sunday evening that flipped protocol.

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Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge still not talking finals despite thumping win

Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge celebrates Sunday's win with fans.

Peter Hanlon Bulldogs primed for challenge against Eagles after biggest win of their season.

Tagger: A sideways glance at a serious game

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Peter Hanlon For all the problems footy's got, at least it hasn't got Nick Kyrgios. Or his brother.

Why the kick-in hasn't kicked on

Kicking himself: Tiger Bachar Houli was criticised for an errant kick-in late in his team's loss to Fremantle.

Peter Hanlon Restarting play after a behind is a tougher gig than ever.

Jake Kolodjashnij becomes the good news story of Adam Goodes' night

The Swans' Adam Goodes gets some attention from Cat Jake Kolodjashnij in their Saturday night clash at Simonds Stadium.

Peter Hanlon Fifth-gamer sees off the game's returning veteran in style.

Joel Selwood's banner night gets Geelong home

Cory Gregson of the Cats reacts after missing a shot on goal.

Peter Hanlon Skipper inspires his team to vital win on a big night in Geelong

Bulldog Caleb Daniel makes short work of a big ask

Big things: First-year Western Bulldogs player Caleb Daniel  at Whitten Oval on Friday.

Peter Hanlon The smallest man in the AFL takes the game in his stride.

Tagger: A sideways glance at a serious game

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Peter Hanlon Channelling Mike Fitzpatrick for just a sec, what the @#%*? Some Essendon players took drugs? Get the @#%* outta here!

Geelong and Sydney to make show of unity on Adam Goodes' return

Unifying: Swan Adam Goodes.

Peter Hanlon Geelong and Sydney will enter the ground as one on Saturday night, breaking a single banner in unity.