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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Brett Kirk takes Aussie rules to the world

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

Martin Flanagan

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

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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Jonathan Brown, a true character of the game

Jonathan Brown lies on the ground injured during the round 17 game against the Cats in 2011.

Martin Flanagan Over the past decade, when people have declared that there are no characters in footy any more, I’ve thought, “Well, you can’t have met Jonathan Brown”.

A beer with Dummy puts sport in glorious perspective

Martin Flanagan Last week, at the Lighthouse writers’ festival in Airey’s Inlet, I was asked the best thing I had seen in sport.

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Time the AFL got its head around concussion

Martin Flanagan

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.

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The joy of the MCG, our cathedral of sport

Martin Flanagan The story of the MCG, and all that it means to us, flows on like a river.

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Sport and society have different standards

Martin Flanagan

Martin Flanagan This week we have again seen the public drama which now surrounds incidents of racial abuse in the AFL.

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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

Martin Flanagan

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

Martin Flanagan

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.

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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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Ken Hinkley is his own man and the Power players listen

Simple message: Port players appear to have belief in coach Ken Hinkley’s uncomplicated mantra.

Martin Flanagan If you missed Port Adelaide v West Coast last weekend, you missed the best game of the season so far.

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

Martin Flanagan

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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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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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

Martin Flanagan

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.