Tim Lane Lance Franklin was expected to star but it was his old team that shone brightest.
Tim Lane And you were just starting to think it had been a year of stability for AFL coaches. Eighteen saddled up for the running of this year's race-to-September and every last one was still in the saddle as...
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 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 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 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 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 A sequence of events which began at a boundary throw-in last Friday night has culminated in Tyrone Vickery’s suspension.
Tim Lane On this winter Sunday, the teams of Melbourne’s east and west meet in the southern-most state.
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 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.
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.
Tim Lane If you thought the first 16 months of the supplements scandal were messy, things have now stepped up a notch.
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...
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?
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.
Tim Lane Apart from the late Major General Alan Stretton, who played 16 games for St Kilda and later oversaw the post-Cyclone Tracy evacuation of Darwin, Adam Goodes is the first VFL/AFL footballer to be...
Tim Lane Public confidence in the match review panel is at an all-time low.
Tim Lane This was to have been a column about the glory days of the Essendon and Melbourne football clubs. It was going to reflect on the immediate post-war success of the Bombers, the arrival of John Coleman...