Martin Flanagan is a journalist and author who writes on sport, Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia.
Martin Flanagan One of the game's oldest sayings is: 'Good kicking is good football.' Hawthorn kicked better.
Martin Flanagan Tasmania, I always say, was colonised twice - once by the British and once by Victoria and Victorian attitudes.
Martin Flanagan What strikes me about the coming season is the number of teams with realistic grounds to believe they can improve.
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.
Martin Flanagan Though it's not the point of the game, I wish every team could celebrate a win every week.
Martin Flanagan There's high drama off the field in the AFL, but the Giants are threatening a revolution
Martin Flanagan The AFL treats Tasmania pretty much as the British Colonial Office treated the colony of New South Wales during the 19th century.
Martin Flanagan The Colonel and I went to the bar at quarter-time of last Saturday's match.
Martin Flanagan The proud Aborigine - "Silk" to his mates - helps glue the club together on and off the field.
Martin Flanagan The Colonel's attachment to the Hawthorn Football Club is an object of fascination to me.
Martin Flanagan Three years ago, I sat on Bondi beach with the Sydney player known simply as LRT.
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.
Martin Flanagan John Kennedy's actions on and off the field were backed by words of wisdom.
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.
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.