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.

AFL

Tasmanian football landscape not as simple as it may seem

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Martin Flanagan The AFL treats Tasmania pretty much as the British Colonial Office treated the colony of New South Wales during the 19th century.

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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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Demons fans stay loyal during a tough afternoon

Hope resides in the committed young supporters of the Melbourne cheer squad, one of its older members says.

Martin Flanagan I got on the train last Sunday expecting to stand among footy fans and listen to their gossip. There were no footy fans.

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Dramatic developments as the Giants arrive

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Martin Flanagan There's high drama off the field in the AFL, but the Giants are threatening a revolution

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In an ideal footy world, everyone's a winner

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Martin Flanagan Though it's not the point of the game, I wish every team could celebrate a win every week.

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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.

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When Dean Bailey deeply touched a family

Martin Flanagan Melbourne coach helped create an afternoon to remember for a fan and his family.

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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'.

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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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.

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Big tick for Richmond over Jake King's bikie friend Toby Mitchell

Martin Flanagan Jake King has given Richmond a lot. The Tigers have character and he's one of the reasons why.

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International Rules

All-Stars failed to sparkle

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.

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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.

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When the Bombers were great

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11:  Brendon Goddard of the Bombers celebrates a goal looks ahead during the round 20 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images) .

Martin Flanagan Essendon stalwart invokes the passion that once helped his now-embattled club soar.

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A club's sad score: Dee-minus

Martin Flanagan At the end of the day, coaches are like cooks, writes Martin Flanagan.

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Inside AFL's pressure cooker

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Martin Flanagan Footy's two games now. One's played on the field, the other's played in the media.

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It's no longer child's play

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11:  Bombers coach James Hird is clapped by fans at three quarter time during the round 20 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium on August 11, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Martin Flanagan As James Hird knows, life's a lot simpler when you're a kid.

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

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Martin Flanagan Kevin Sheedy's final week as an AFL coach was a busy one.