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.

AFL

Dramatic developments as the Giants arrive

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Martin Flanagan There's high drama off the field in the AFL, but the Giants are threatening a revolution

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Adam Goodes has right stuff to light the way for us all

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Martin Flanagan The standout piece for me in the 2008 AFL official history was an essay by Adam Goodes.

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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

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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.

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

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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International Rules

All-Stars failed to sparkle

Martin Flanagan Having sung the praises of the Indigenous All-Stars in the Irish media, I was more than a bit surprised by what I saw telecast from Ireland last Sunday morning.

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One-time Fitzroy stalwart now a Victory convert

Martin Flanagan By AFL standards, the A-League crowds aren't big, but then Fitzroy rarely had big crowds.

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Coach out to break male dominance

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Martin Flanagan Australia's 50 best women footballers will play a curtain-raiser at the MCG on Saturday.

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Inside AFL's pressure cooker

Martin Flanagan Footy's two games now. One's played on the field, the other's played in the media.

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Taking time with the Colonel

Martin Flanagan The Colonel and I went to the bar at quarter-time of last Saturday's match.

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A woman of red and blue

Martin Flanagan Demons fan Penny Mackieson says women stick during the hard times - it's a nurturing thing.

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Even as he takes a bow Kevin Sheedy, leader of Giants, stands tallest

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Martin Flanagan Kevin Sheedy's final week as an AFL coach was a busy one.

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A giant leaves the Giants

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Martin Flanagan Kevin Sheedy has loved his time at GWS, and the view from outside the Melbourne bubble.

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Relatively curious about Dane Swan

Martin Flanagan He's "old" Collingwood, the product of a proud clan … and is like one of the family.

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From possums to Pumas

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Martin Flanagan There is nothing at Mininera apart from a couple of houses, a railway line and a football ground.

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Silky Burgoyne quietly makes his mark on and off the field

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Martin Flanagan Shaun Burgoyne is a quiet man with a persistent smile and what a Hawthorn official calls ''a definite presence''.

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Burgoyne: heart of the team

Silky skills: Shaun Burgoyne finds playing football ''very enjoyable … especially in front of 70,000 people''.

Martin Flanagan The proud Aborigine - "Silk" to his mates - helps glue the club together on and off the field.

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Fremantle's unlikely lads deliver plenty of great theatre - and they are made for the biggest stage of all

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Martin Flanagan I AM a Hayden Ballantyne fan. He won me over with his performance in the opening match of the 2012 season.

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