Tim Lane

Tim Lane

As non-Victorian teams rise, crowds will play active part

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Tim Lane In case you hadn't noticed, football's pendulum of ascendancy seems to be swinging back to its median position, if not quite yet to the non-Victorian side thereof.

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Three culprits in Vickery-Cox incident

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Tim Lane A sequence of events which began at a boundary throw-in last Friday night has culminated in Tyrone Vickery’s suspension.

Hawks and Dogs: the fork in the road

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Tim Lane On this winter Sunday, the teams of Melbourne’s east and west meet in the southern-most state.

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The Bulldog light on the hill out west

Tim Lane Of all the clubs that might provide a light on the hill for football's Victorian battlers, the Western Bulldogs have long appeared the least likely.

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AFL caught holding the ball again

Tim Lane That the AFL would intend holding a summit on the matter of one rule – "holding the ball", and its half-brother, "incorrect disposal" – says much for the confusion this area of football...

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Australian sport's reputation on the line in Essendon saga

Tim Lane If you thought the first 16 months of the supplements scandal were messy, things have now stepped up a notch.

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Sleeping giant looms over footy's fragile web

Tim Lane The Socceroos' bubble burst disappointingly in the end. From channelling Eddie McGuire - "What a big week it's been in football" - ebullient Australian fans were soon reminded of another slogan: a...

Lance Armstrong and the loss of innocence

Tim Lane Last Wednesday night's Lance Armstrong documentary, Stop at Nothing, was no doubt scheduled by the ABC with the start of another Tour de France in mind.

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AFL match review system needs more transparency

Tim Lane Public confidence in the match review panel is at an all-time low.

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How great does a great have to be?

Tim Lane In an interesting Age Online article last Thursday, the entry criteria for the Australian Football Hall of Fame were challenged by Western Australian writer, Simon White.

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Not much glory to go round at Essendon

Tim Lane This was to have been a column about the glory days of the Essendon and Melbourne football clubs. It was going to reflect on the immediate post-war success of the Bombers, the arrival of John Coleman...

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Ross Lyon is winning the AFL coaches battle year-in and out

Tim Lane Allan Jeans is credited with saying that to know where you’re going it’s important to be clear on where you’ve come from.

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AFL must avoid a pack mentality

Tim Lane The topic here last week was the grievous one of rugby league's Jordan McLean hearing.

Carlton needs serious rebuild to rediscover AFL glory

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Tim Lane As David Parkin tells it, when John Elliott interviewed him about a return to the Carlton coaching job in late-1990, an appraisal of the playing list was sought.

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Tasmania regarded but still relegated by AFL

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Tim Lane Tasmania's ambition to become a member club of the AFL is dead for at least 12 years.

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Baldock: a thoroughly modern champion

Tim Lane With the star goal-kickers having their style ever-more cramped by the modern game, a new football discussion has begun. How would the goal-kicking giants of the past have coped in the current era?

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Tommy rightly hailed a hero

Tim Lane Tom Hafey's death has generated an outpouring of sadness which, no doubt, will continue into Monday when his funeral will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Goodes a victim of circumstance

Tim Lane Apart from the late Major General Alan Stretton, who played 16 games for St Kilda and later oversaw the post-Cyclone Tracy evacuation of Darwin, Adam Goodes is the first VFL/AFL footballer to be...

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Geelong's wild ride - brilliant

Tim Lane Football fans of all affiliations have enjoyed cheering on the never-say-die Cats.

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Hawthorn enters new realm

Tim Lane The brown-and-gold force has now struck back decisively: two premierships in six years.