Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan is a journalist and author who writes on sport, Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia.

AFL

Relatively curious about Dane Swan

Martin Flanagan He's "old" Collingwood, the product of a proud clan … and is like one of the family.

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Even as he takes a bow Kevin Sheedy, leader of Giants, stands tallest

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Martin Flanagan Kevin Sheedy's final week as an AFL coach was a busy one.

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A giant leaves the Giants

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Martin Flanagan Kevin Sheedy has loved his time at GWS, and the view from outside the Melbourne bubble.

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A woman of red and blue

Martin Flanagan Demons fan Penny Mackieson says women stick during the hard times - it's a nurturing thing.

AFL

It's no longer child's play

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11:  Bombers coach James Hird is clapped by fans at three quarter time during the round 20 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Martin Flanagan As James Hird knows, life's a lot simpler when you're a kid.

AFL

Taking time with the Colonel

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Martin Flanagan The Colonel and I went to the bar at quarter-time of last Saturday's match.

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Inside AFL's pressure cooker

Martin Flanagan Footy's two games now. One's played on the field, the other's played in the media.

AFL

Ablett worthy of medal treble

Martin Flanagan Gary Ablett is so consistently good at what he does on the football field it assumes the appearance of ordinariness.

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Coach out to break male dominance

Martin Flanagan Australia's 50 best women footballers will play a curtain-raiser at the MCG on Saturday.

A club's sad score: Dee-minus

Martin Flanagan At the end of the day, coaches are like cooks, writes Martin Flanagan.

Basking under a green light

Martin Flanagan Shaunie, as Bruce calls him, has a manner that's both friendly and immediate.

After 888 games, Libba and Gary's beautiful friendship

Martin Flanagan On the road to Metricon, a legendary player bonds with a legendary supporter.

AFL

Contemplate the works of a man, not the madness

Martin Flanagan One of the many regrets of the past week is that the stature of Adam Goodes' performance has been forgotten.

Cry from the heart fuels spirit in Boomerang mob

Martin Flanagan Hoods are off and earphones out at this footy business camp.

AFL

A tale of two footies

Martin Flanagan Game's finest strut their stuff in an era in which the game is undergoing rapid change.

AFL

Putting the pieces together

Martin Flanagan Thirst for knowledge and chance to positively influence young lives help to drive Brad Scott's coaching career.

Footy pearls - before Swine

Martin Flanagan Footy Town gets to the heart of our great game, bringing the characters and humour to life.

Who is Dane Swan?

Collingwood's Dane Swan

Martin Flanagan Approaching his 200th game, he is a decorated (in more ways than one) player who's had his share of controversies.

Culture not simply a word

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Martin Flanagan There's a lot of things in the world to get upset about, to take brave stands for and against.

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No normal mindset at Fremantle

Martin Flanagan Ross Lyon has created an 'abnormal' culture of hardness at the Dockers.