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.

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

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.

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Pearce Hanley the Pirate of Roscommon - or Mayo

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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Brett Kirk takes Aussie rules to the world

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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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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'.

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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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The joy of the MCG, our cathedral of sport

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

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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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A woman of red and blue

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

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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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Freo's the pest that won't quit

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Martin Flanagan Players either buy into Ross Lyon's game plan or - they disappear!

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Seas run dry for the Colonel

Jubilant Hawks fans at Glenferrie Oval on Sunday.

Martin Flanagan The Colonel's attachment to the Hawthorn Football Club is an object of fascination to me.

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One-time Fitzroy stalwart now a Victory convert

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

Born to lead

Hawks captain Luke Hodge.

Martin Flanagan A strong-minded kid has grown into one of the AFL's finest captains, a formidable competitor but a man still strongly bonded with his home town.

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Dons the love of Killer's life

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Martin Flanagan I haven't reached John Kilby before he introduces himself and reaches for my hand, saying, ''John Kilby, Martin. The players call me 'Killer'.

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A tale of two footies

Martin Flanagan Game's finest strut their stuff in an era in which the game is undergoing rapid change.

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Ablett worthy of medal treble

Martin Flanagan Gary Ablett is so consistently good at what he does on the football field it assumes the appearance of ordinariness.

Picken's a blue-collar Bulldog

Martin Flanagan Billy Picken, father of the Western Bulldogs' Liam Picken, is one of the game's personalities.

Swan nest's star hatchlings

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Martin Flanagan Three years ago, I sat on Bondi beach with the Sydney player known simply as LRT.

Sitting pretty for the run home

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Martin Flanagan The Tigers have more supporters who go to the footy dressed up and in costume than any other club.