Tim Lane

Tim Lane

Hawks and Dogs: the fork in the road

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Tim Lane On this winter Sunday, the teams of Melbourne’s east and west meet in the southern-most state.

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The Bulldog light on the hill out west

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.

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AFL match review system needs more transparency

Tim Lane Public confidence in the match review panel is at an all-time low.

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Ross Lyon is winning the AFL coaches battle year-in and out

Tim Lane Allan Jeans is credited with saying that to know where you’re going it’s important to be clear on where you’ve come from.

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Melbourne with Roos, win city?

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Tim Lane The arrival of Sydney's great coach is a new chapter in the tale of two cities.

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Hard to see past AFL spin over supplements scandal probe

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Tim Lane The league hierarchy is struggling with an image problem over its impartiality in the supplements issue.

As non-Victorian teams rise, crowds will play active part

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Tim Lane In case you hadn't noticed, football's pendulum of ascendancy seems to be swinging back to its median position, if not quite yet to the non-Victorian side thereof.

Buddy flaws hurt Hawks

Tim Lane Lance Franklin can light up the modern game, but his inaccuracy holds back Hawthorn.

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AFL follows bouncing ball

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Tim Lane The league's continuous tinkering with the game's rules is like a dog chasing its tail.

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Another gone, Hird stands

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Tim Lane The golden glow of Essendon's favourite son shines in the gathering darkness. But for how long?

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Cup on offer, it's still footy

Tim Lane The new incarnation of the NAB Cup may still give some indication of what's to come.

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Jack's 'lost in mail' story has a stamp of doubt

Kieren Jack re-signed with the Sydney Swans today.

Tim Lane and Roy Masters A Sunday Age investigation has raised doubts about the veracity of a statutory declaration.

A knockout, Buddy Ali

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Tim Lane Hawthorn's Lance Franklin is developing into something truly unique.

Round one's hill of beans

Tim Lane Like Bogart in Casablanca, football dreams don't always have happy endings in a tough world.

Smaller clubs on the mooove

Tim Lane It's not just cattle on King Island, where three footy teams are going hell for leather for supremacy.

On football's struggle street, burning hunger still gnaws

Tim Lane The big talking point has been the unusually open race for the flag.

Coach or player, respect is vital

Tim Lane The respective roles and personalities within football clubs are bound to highlight differences.