Tim Lane

Tim Lane

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AFL caught holding the ball again

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

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

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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.

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.

AFL needs less shuttlecockups

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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.

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.

Cultural change, AFL gets Jeffed

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.

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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Three culprits in Vickery-Cox incident

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Tim Lane A sequence of events which began at a boundary throw-in last Friday night has culminated in Tyrone Vickery’s suspension.

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The Bulldog light on the hill out west

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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.

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Australian sport's reputation on the line in Essendon saga

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

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Sleeping giant looms over footy's fragile web

Tim Lane The Socceroos' bubble burst disappointingly in the end. From channelling Eddie McGuire - "What a big week it's been in football" - ebullient Australian fans were soon reminded of another slogan: a...

Lance Armstrong and the loss of innocence

Tim Lane Last Wednesday night's Lance Armstrong documentary, Stop at Nothing, was no doubt scheduled by the ABC with the start of another Tour de France in mind.

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Club boards have wider responsibility to sport

Tim Lane What is the role of a football club’s board members, and particularly its chairman, if their team becomes embroiled in a doping inquiry?

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Jack Viney case was sheer slapstick

Tim Lane Jack Viney’s acquittal on Thursday night was heralded by one Twittersphere contributor with a predictable two-word message. You can guess the tweet and it wasn’t subtle.