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.

Grand final the story of Buddy v Clarkson

Martin Flanagan

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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...

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

Stand up to AFL noise and shout it down

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Martin Flanagan The US-ification of Aussie rules is being imposed apace.

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Dons the love of Killer's life

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'.