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

Hawks kicked better, Freo should kick itself

Martin Flanagan One of the game's oldest sayings is: 'Good kicking is good football.' Hawthorn kicked better.

Hawks take to Tassie and the feeling is mutual for converted

Martin Flanagan Tasmania, I always say, was colonised twice - once by the British and once by Victoria and Victorian attitudes.

AFL

Tasmanian football landscape not as simple as it may seem

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Martin Flanagan The AFL treats Tasmania pretty much as the British Colonial Office treated the colony of New South Wales during the 19th century.

AFL

Dramatic developments as the Giants arrive

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

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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.

Hawthorn: Where great expectations are ever present

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.

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

Taking time with the Colonel

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Martin Flanagan The Colonel and I went to the bar at quarter-time of last Saturday's match.

AFL

Burgoyne: heart of the team

Silky skills: Shaun Burgoyne finds playing football ''very enjoyable … especially in front of 70,000 people''.

Martin Flanagan The proud Aborigine - "Silk" to his mates - helps glue the club together on and off the field.

AFL

Seas run dry for the Colonel

Jubilant Hawks fans at Glenferrie Oval on Sunday.

Martin Flanagan The Colonel's attachment to the Hawthorn Football Club is an object of fascination to me.

Swan nest's star hatchlings

Adam Goodes.

Martin Flanagan Three years ago, I sat on Bondi beach with the Sydney player known simply as LRT.

Born to lead

Hawks captain Luke Hodge.

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.

A man's man and coach's coach

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Martin Flanagan John Kennedy's actions on and off the field were backed by words of wisdom.

Tiger Army's broad church is the backdrop to a perfect day at the footy

Martin Flanagan I might not have gone to the footy last weekend but my daughter egged me into it. "Weather looks a bit grubby," I said when she rang. ";Not from where I'm standing" she replied.

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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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