Tim Lane

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AFL's new man has a big job ahead

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.

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AFL caught holding the ball again

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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...

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AFL match review system needs more transparency

Tim Lane Public confidence in the match review panel is at an all-time low.

Latest twist highlights AFL failures

Tim Lane Combustible elements continue to be poured, indiscriminately, into an already volatile mix. Just as it is hard to know whether James Hird or the AFL is more damaged by Thursday night's report on the...

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AFL must avoid a pack mentality

Tim Lane The topic here last week was the grievous one of rugby league's Jordan McLean hearing.

Carlton needs serious rebuild to rediscover AFL glory

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Tim Lane As David Parkin tells it, when John Elliott interviewed him about a return to the Carlton coaching job in late-1990, an appraisal of the playing list was sought.

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Tasmania regarded but still relegated by AFL

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Tim Lane Tasmania's ambition to become a member club of the AFL is dead for at least 12 years.

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Hard to see past AFL spin over supplements scandal probe

Tim Lane The league hierarchy is struggling with an image problem over its impartiality in the supplements issue.

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Ross Lyon is winning the AFL coaches battle year-in and out

Tim Lane Allan Jeans is credited with saying that to know where you’re going it’s important to be clear on where you’ve come from.

AFL follows bouncing ball

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Tim Lane The league's continuous tinkering with the game's rules is like a dog chasing its tail.

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Cultural change, AFL gets Jeffed

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Tim Lane Andrew Demetriou has overseen some momentous times at league HQ, but where to now?

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AFL must bear growing pains

Tim Lane Football is spreading its wings and officials, players and fans must now commit to a bigger game.

Off-field wins? No tanks, AFL

Tim Lane While the issue of tanking had to be addressed, the AFL's ''solution'' is not one that is appropriate.

AFL needs less shuttlecockups

Tim Lane IT WILL be a relief to the AFL to know it isn't alone in facing the reality that its rules might, under certain circumstances, encourage manufactured under-performance; or 'tanking' in the vernacular.

Collingwood struggles with independence of Magpie royalty Heritier Lumumba

With his various hairstyle incarnations, his magnificent athleticism, and magnetic demeanour, Heritier Lumumba is one of football's genuinely charismatic players.

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.

Thereabouts isn't always the formula for ultimate success

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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.

Jacking up football's headlines a weekly occurrence

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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.

Drugs in sport umpires must be above politics and beanies

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Tim Lane Everyone comes to the Essendon supplements scandal from some position, even if it’s one of indifference.

Razor Ray, a sharp man of action making the right calls

Umpire Ray Chamberlain.

Tim Lane The commentary box in which I worked last Sunday made regular mention of umpire Ray Chamberlain's role in proceedings.

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Australian sport's reputation on the line in Essendon saga

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Tim Lane If you thought the first 16 months of the supplements scandal were messy, things have now stepped up a notch.