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

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.

AFL

Jeremy Howe, the Melbourne Demons' excitement machine

Up and at ’em: Howe takes a screamer  last year against the Bulldogs.

Martin Flanagan Jeremy Howe is the best Tasmanian player of his kind since the generation of Brent Crosswell, Johnny Greening and Royce Hart. The electrifying kind.

Trying times with a team that wasn't very good

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Martin Flanagan If tanking charges are proven, a grey issue will turn into one that's black and white.

A good man to fill a silence

Martin Flanagan Former Melbourne football manager Chris Connolly has been portrayed by some as a Machiavellian figure.

A club's sad score: Dee-minus

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

AFL

A woman of red and blue

Martin Flanagan Demons fan Penny Mackieson says women stick during the hard times - it's a nurturing thing.

AFL

Jurrah gone, but not leaving Demons

Melbourne's Liam Jurrah.

Martin Flanagan Liam Jurrah's season appears to be over after reports emerged today that he has left Victoria and is living with relatives in Adelaide.

Football

Jurrah's gone but career 'not over'

Liam Jurrah

Martin Flanagan Liam Jurrah's AFL season is over, but his manager and the Demons say his career is not.

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.

Out to revive Demon days

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Martin Flanagan Melbourne has a new look and much rides on the new coach and his players.

Football

Against all the odds

Liam Jurrah leaves the field with an injured arm after the round 23 game against the Gold Coast Suns last season.

Martin Flanagan Sport may be the only way young men like Liam Jurrah can avoid the death and despair.

Jurrah: a man caught between countries

Liam Jurrah in Alice Springs yesterday after he was granted bail.

Martin Flanagan When I went to Yuendumu in 1987 - two years before Liam Jurrah was born - it shocked me. I was both in my country and in another country.

Act now on football's changing landscape

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Martin Flanagan The AFL needs to act now on indigenous relations, writes Martin Flanagan.

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Indigenous footballers win $15m academy

Martin Flanagan Michael Long adds his voice to those calling for the AFL to appoint an indigenous commissioner.

Football's a community at the Top End

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Martin Flanagan When the Tiwi Bombers play the Nightcliff Tigers in the NTFL grand final it will be great footy.

Obituary

More than a great sportsman

Jim Stynes with the Demons cheer squad.

Martin Flanagan JIM STYNES, 1966-2012The young Irishman crossed the oceans to make an indelible mark in his adopted land through sport and community work.

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'Your story's bigger than you, Jimmy, but that was always going to happen'

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Martin Flanagan He was known and adored by so many and - in the end - it was as if we all shared part of his epic fate.

Garland embraces his Demon home but keeps a close eye on his first love

Rare win: Colin Garland (centre) celebrates a victory.

Martin Flanagan Colin Garland is a Tasmanian and the island state remains at the heart of his passions.