Tim Lane Of all the traditional rivals who ever slugged it out, those old sparring partners Good and Evil are way ahead of the pack.
Tim Lane While it's true that getting excited about any team at this time of year is a risky business, it's hard not to be excited about Hawthorn.
Tim Lane The dire prediction delivered last week by Wayne Carey, that the lifespan of the GWS Giants will be short, should be enough to make any AFL follower sit bolt upright.
Tim Lane The curious case of David King and last season's AFL Rising Star Award is a high alert warning for football and for the gambling regulator, Victoria's Commission for Gaming and Liquor Regulation.
Tim Lane As a footballer, James Hird's greatest gift was a seemingly ethereal ability to control chaos as it unfolded about him.
Tim Lane With the AFL Tribunal hearing due to resume on Monday, the Essendon supplements saga is again on the radar.
Tim Lane You’d imagine for Peter Gordon this is a recurring nightmare. During his first term as president of what was then Footscray, Gordon oversaw the mid-season replacement of two coaches.
Tim Lane As Hawthorn's modus operandi is studied in minute detail following last weekend's triumph, one set of basic numbers tells a familiar story.
Tim Lane Lance Franklin was expected to star but it was his old team that shone brightest.
Tim Lane And you were just starting to think it had been a year of stability for AFL coaches. Eighteen saddled up for the running of this year's race-to-September and every last one was still in the saddle as...
Tim Lane At the completion of his club's 2014 AFL season, Heritier Lumumba's entry in the "games played" column is 199. Every one of them has been with Collingwood.
Tim Lane It's fashionable these days for coaches to espouse the notion of consistently putting their teams "thereabouts". That is, of achieving a run of top-four finishes. Of regularly being in the ballpark.
Tim Lane If, on becoming AFL boss, Gillon McLachlan was not immediately aware of it, the responsibility he now bears should be dawning on him by the day.
Tim Lane The commentary box in which I worked last Sunday made regular mention of umpire Ray Chamberlain's role in proceedings.
Tim Lane Everyone comes to the Essendon supplements scandal from some position, even if it’s one of indifference.
Tim Lane Football in Melbourne this past week had me recalling an old joke about a bloke whose car blows a tyre on a country road late one dark and stormy night.
Tim Lane On this winter Sunday, the teams of Melbourne’s east and west meet in the southern-most state.
Tim Lane A sequence of events which began at a boundary throw-in last Friday night has culminated in Tyrone Vickery’s suspension.
Tim Lane Of all the clubs that might provide a light on the hill for football's Victorian battlers, the Western Bulldogs have long appeared the least likely.
Tim Lane That the AFL would intend holding a summit on the matter of one rule – "holding the ball", and its half-brother, "incorrect disposal" – says much for the confusion this area of football...