Martin Flanagan is a journalist and author who writes on sport, Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia.
Martin Flanagan What strikes me about the coming season is the number of teams with realistic grounds to believe they can improve.
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.
Martin Flanagan The standout piece for me in the 2008 AFL official history was an essay by Adam Goodes.
Martin Flanagan He's "old" Collingwood, the product of a proud clan … and is like one of the family.
Martin Flanagan Shaun Burgoyne is a quiet man with a persistent smile and what a Hawthorn official calls ''a definite presence''.
Martin Flanagan The proud Aborigine - "Silk" to his mates - helps glue the club together on and off the field.
Martin Flanagan One of the game's oldest sayings is: 'Good kicking is good football.' Hawthorn kicked better.
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.
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.
Martin Flanagan Tasmania, I always say, was colonised twice - once by the British and once by Victoria and Victorian attitudes.