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

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.

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

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.

AFL

The joy of the MCG, our cathedral of sport

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Martin Flanagan The story of the MCG, and all that it means to us, flows on like a river.

AFL

Dal can take Roos north

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Martin Flanagan What strikes me about the coming season is the number of teams with realistic grounds to believe they can improve.

AFL

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.

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.

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.

Culture not simply a word

Martin Flanagan There's a lot of things in the world to get upset about, to take brave stands for and against.

Out to revive Demon days

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.

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.

Jimmy sent out on a high note

Martin Flanagan The Demon great will live on in the power of an instrumental piece named after him.

Memo Dees: listen to Mick, surprise us all

Martin Flanagan Mick Malthouse wants Melbourne to love the game again - not a bad idea.

'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.