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

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.

Stand up to AFL noise and shout it down

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Martin Flanagan The US-ification of Aussie rules is being imposed apace.

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Tasmanian football landscape not as simple as it may seem

Footy in Tasmania

Martin Flanagan The AFL treats Tasmania pretty much as the British Colonial Office treated the colony of New South Wales during the 19th century.

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The heart of the Demons

Sharing the joy:  Nathan Jones high-fives the fans after Melbourne beat Carlton.

Martin Flanagan There's a lot more to Nathan Jones than you see on the football field. It's not a mask he wears out there; it's a blanket mental attitude.

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Dramatic developments as the Giants arrive

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Martin Flanagan There's high drama off the field in the AFL, but the Giants are threatening a revolution

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In an ideal footy world, everyone's a winner

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Martin Flanagan Though it's not the point of the game, I wish every team could celebrate a win every week.

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When Dean Bailey deeply touched a family

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Martin Flanagan Melbourne coach helped create an afternoon to remember for a fan and his family.

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Adam Goodes has right stuff to light the way for us all

Martin Flanagan The standout piece for me in the 2008 AFL official history was an essay by Adam Goodes.

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The making of Brendan McCartney

Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney.

Martin Flanagan If the emerging Western Bulldogs follow their coach's teachings, they will be built on solid foundations.

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Neil Kerley, the man and the legend

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Martin Flanagan South Australia's answer to Ted Whitten deserves to be elevated to his true status: 'legend'.

Hawthorn: Where great expectations are ever present

Martin Flanagan Why is Hawthorn so good? The story starts with John Kennedy, the prophet who guided his tribe from the football wilderness to the land of premiership glory.

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Dal can take Roos north

Martin Flanagan What strikes me about the coming season is the number of teams with realistic grounds to believe they can improve.

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Big tick for Richmond over Jake King's bikie friend Toby Mitchell

Martin Flanagan Jake King has given Richmond a lot. The Tigers have character and he's one of the reasons why.

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International Rules

All-Stars failed to sparkle

Martin Flanagan Having sung the praises of the Indigenous All-Stars in the Irish media, I was more than a bit surprised by what I saw telecast from Ireland last Sunday morning.

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One-time Fitzroy stalwart now a Victory convert

Martin Flanagan By AFL standards, the A-League crowds aren't big, but then Fitzroy rarely had big crowds.

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When the Bombers were great

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11:  Brendon Goddard of the Bombers celebrates a goal looks ahead 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 Essendon stalwart invokes the passion that once helped his now-embattled club soar.

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Coach out to break male dominance

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

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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.

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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.