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 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...
Tim Lane Public confidence in the match review panel is at an all-time low.
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...
Tim Lane The topic here last week was the grievous one of rugby league's Jordan McLean hearing.
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.
Tim Lane Tasmania's ambition to become a member club of the AFL is dead for at least 12 years.
Tim Lane The league hierarchy is struggling with an image problem over its impartiality in the supplements issue.
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.
Tim Lane The league's continuous tinkering with the game's rules is like a dog chasing its tail.
Tim Lane Andrew Demetriou has overseen some momentous times at league HQ, but where to now?
Tim Lane Football is spreading its wings and officials, players and fans must now commit to a bigger game.
Tim Lane While the issue of tanking had to be addressed, the AFL's ''solution'' is not one that is appropriate.
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.
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 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 Everyone comes to the Essendon supplements scandal from some position, even if it’s one of indifference.
Tim Lane The commentary box in which I worked last Sunday made regular mention of umpire Ray Chamberlain's role in proceedings.
Tim Lane If you thought the first 16 months of the supplements scandal were messy, things have now stepped up a notch.