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.

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Jonathan Brown, a true character of the game

Martin Flanagan Over the past decade, when people have declared that there are no characters in footy any more, I’ve thought, “Well, you can’t have met Jonathan Brown”.

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Ken Hinkley is his own man and the Power players listen

Simple message: Port players appear to have belief in coach Ken Hinkley’s uncomplicated mantra.

Martin Flanagan If you missed Port Adelaide v West Coast last weekend, you missed the best game of the season so far.

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Time the AFL got its head around concussion

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Martin Flanagan Popular sports like NRL and AFL are actively becoming less violent, in part because they have a changing audience, in part because they are being pursued by ever more vengeful litigants.

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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'.

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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.

A man's man and coach's coach

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Martin Flanagan John Kennedy's actions on and off the field were backed by words of wisdom.

Legend of Jonathan Brown

Martin Flanagan Not all great players are great personalities. The Brisbane Lions captain is both.

Who is Dane Swan?

Collingwood's Dane Swan

Martin Flanagan Approaching his 200th game, he is a decorated (in more ways than one) player who's had his share of controversies.

A new turn on Jurrah's journey

Liam Jurrah

Martin Flanagan Like that of Aboriginal painter Albert Namatjira, the story of Liam Jurrah runs at two levels.