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.

Where the Cats are always the premier team

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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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.

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

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

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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.

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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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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Dal can take Roos north

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

Kevin Sheedy

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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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

Shaun Burgoyne

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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Hawks kicked better, Freo should kick itself

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Martin Flanagan One of the game's oldest sayings is: 'Good kicking is good football.' Hawthorn kicked better.

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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.

International Rules

All-Stars failed to sparkle

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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.

AFL

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.

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.