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.

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Time the AFL got its head around concussion

Martin Flanagan Popular sports like NRL and AFL are actively becoming less violent, in part because they have a changing audience, in part because they are being pursued by ever more vengeful litigants.

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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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.

Hawthorn's maestro Luke Hodge can be rated alongside Leigh Matthews

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Martin Flanagan Luke Hodge has to be now rated alongside Leigh Matthews as a great Hawthorn captain.

Grand final the story of Buddy v Clarkson

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Martin Flanagan Not all grand finals are grand. Some never quite make it to that other plane where serious reputations are made and legends are found. But this year's is a chance to go.

As fans and dogs invade Waverley Park, loudest cheers are saved for Cyril

Cyril Rioli.

Martin Flanagan A brown-and-yellow stream flows one more time towards Waverley Park.

Port experience should be thrown out to sea

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Martin Flanagan Once upon a time in this country, a game was born. It was influenced by games from other places but it was also unlike them.

The passing of a grassroots champion

Ruth Brain: An authentic hero of football.

Martin Flanagan The Mininera and District Football League held its medal count on Monday night in the Lake Bolac Town Hall.

David Koch, Port Adelaide from the pram, finds joy in the growth of the club he loves

David Koch finds joy in what he loves.

Martin Flanagan David Koch's grandfather drove a tractor at a saltworks and the family lived in the Port Adelaide area.

Brian Dixon's mission to take Australian rules to the world

Ireland captain Mick Finn and Papua New Guinea skipper John James with the International Cup ahead of Saturday's final.

Martin Flanagan Ever since I can remember, Brian Dixon has been championing the idea that Australian football should be an international game.

A salute to Lewis Roberts-Thomson

Lewis Roberts-Thomson announced his retirement from the AFL on Thursday.

Martin Flanagan Farewell Lewis Roberts-Thomson, I salute you as a player. So gangly and awkward to begin with, you were as brave as they come and, if one measure of a footballer is getting up for big matches, you...

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Brett Kirk takes Aussie rules to the world

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Martin Flanagan Brett Kirk looks leaner and browner than when I saw him last, but the smile is as clear as ever. 

Lift home goes a long way in the land of one by one

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Martin Flanagan Greater Western Sydney is building a burgeoning community fan base from the ground up.

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Pearce Hanley the Pirate of Roscommon - or Mayo

Martin Flanagan As Pearce Hanley points out, he didn’t choose the AFL – the AFL, through the Brisbane Lions, chose him.

World sport codes battle in the same lounge room

Martin Flanagan The sense of drama that imbues a World Cup final comes precisely from the fact that it is a world title.

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Pride, passion and a culture of inclusion prevail in footy's new heartland

Martin Flanagan Last Saturday, I arrived at Pritcher Park in Alphington to see the AFL Inclusion Cup (for people with intellectual disabilities) and beheld the solid figure of Ali Faraj.

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Jeremy Howe, the Melbourne Demons' excitement machine

Up and at ’em: Howe takes a screamer  last year against the Bulldogs.

Martin Flanagan Jeremy Howe is the best Tasmanian player of his kind since the generation of Brent Crosswell, Johnny Greening and Royce Hart. The electrifying kind.

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One man's stand has taken the game a Long way

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Martin Flanagan Michael Long is a person who can speak from a depth that transcends race and goes straight to the issue of human decency.

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Women coaching and playing football? It's a perfectly natural fit

Peta Searle.

Martin Flanagan So who do you believe? Gary Ayres or people who don't even put their names to their opinions? What Peta Searle deserves from here is a fair go.

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Tyson Goldsack: the Pies' amiable all-rounder

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Martin Flanagan Tyson Goldsack has a friendly face and an unusually attentive manner. People at Collingwood say Goldy is always the same – friendly, polite, attentive.