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.

Brian Dixon's mission to take Australian rules to the world

Martin Flanagan Ever since I can remember, Brian Dixon has been championing the idea that Australian football should be an international game.

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...

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Brett Kirk takes Aussie rules to the world

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Martin Flanagan Brett Kirk looks leaner and browner than when I saw him last, but the smile is as clear as ever. 

Lift home goes a long way in the land of one by one

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Martin Flanagan Greater Western Sydney is building a burgeoning community fan base from the ground up.

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Pearce Hanley the Pirate of Roscommon - or Mayo

Martin Flanagan As Pearce Hanley points out, he didn’t choose the AFL – the AFL, through the Brisbane Lions, chose him.

World sport codes battle in the same lounge room

Martin Flanagan The sense of drama that imbues a World Cup final comes precisely from the fact that it is a world title.

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A grand old sporting theatre morphs into thunderous cauldron

Martin Flanagan Adelaide Oval is now a place for screams not dreams.

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Jonathan Brown, a true character of the game

Jonathan Brown lies on the ground injured during the round 17 game against the Cats in 2011.

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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Women coaching and playing football? It's a perfectly natural fit

Peta Searle.

Martin Flanagan So who do you believe? Gary Ayres or people who don't even put their names to their opinions? What Peta Searle deserves from here is a fair go.

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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.

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Adam Goodes has right stuff to light the way for us all

Martin Flanagan The standout piece for me in the 2008 AFL official history was an essay by Adam Goodes.

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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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Dramatic developments as the Giants arrive

Dink

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

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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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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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Tasmanian football landscape not as simple as it may seem

Footy in Tasmania

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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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.

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.

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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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