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.

Hawthorn's maestro Luke Hodge can be rated alongside Leigh Matthews

Martin Flanagan Luke Hodge has to be now rated alongside Leigh Matthews as a great Hawthorn captain.

Grand final the story of Buddy v Clarkson

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Martin Flanagan Not all grand finals are grand. Some never quite make it to that other plane where serious reputations are made and legends are found. But this year's is a chance to go.

As fans and dogs invade Waverley Park, loudest cheers are saved for Cyril

Cyril Rioli.

Martin Flanagan A brown-and-yellow stream flows one more time towards Waverley Park.

Port experience should be thrown out to sea

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Martin Flanagan Once upon a time in this country, a game was born. It was influenced by games from other places but it was also unlike them.

David Koch, Port Adelaide from the pram, finds joy in the growth of the club he loves

David Koch finds joy in what he loves.

Martin Flanagan David Koch's grandfather drove a tractor at a saltworks and the family lived in the Port Adelaide area.

The passing of a grassroots champion

Ruth Brain: An authentic hero of football.

Martin Flanagan The Mininera and District Football League held its medal count on Monday night in the Lake Bolac Town Hall.

The serious side of The Marngrook Footy Show's Gilbert McAdam

<em>The Marngrook Footy Show</em> co-host Gilbert McAdam.

Martin Flanagan Gilbert McAdam, co-host of The Marngrook Footy Show, has a funny way with language.

Brian Dixon's mission to take Australian rules to the world

Ireland captain Mick Finn and Papua New Guinea skipper John James with the International Cup ahead of Saturday's final.

Martin Flanagan Ever since I can remember, Brian Dixon has been championing the idea that Australian football should be an international game.

Where the Cats are always the premier team

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Martin Flanagan Denis Napthine moans and groans at the footy like an old ship at sea. He moves about in his seat. At the same time, he’s on for a chat.

A salute to Lewis Roberts-Thomson

Lewis Roberts-Thomson announced his retirement from the AFL on Thursday.

Martin Flanagan Farewell Lewis Roberts-Thomson, I salute you as a player. So gangly and awkward to begin with, you were as brave as they come and, if one measure of a footballer is getting up for big matches, you...

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Brett Kirk takes Aussie rules to the world

Brett Kirk

Martin Flanagan Brett Kirk looks leaner and browner than when I saw him last, but the smile is as clear as ever. 

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Pearce Hanley the Pirate of Roscommon - or Mayo

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Martin Flanagan As Pearce Hanley points out, he didn’t choose the AFL – the AFL, through the Brisbane Lions, chose him.

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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”.

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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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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

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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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The heart of the Demons

Sharing the joy:  Nathan Jones high-fives the fans after Melbourne beat Carlton.

Martin Flanagan There's a lot more to Nathan Jones than you see on the football field. It's not a mask he wears out there; it's a blanket mental attitude.

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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.

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

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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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