Tim Lane

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Classy Hawks Buddy-less but brilliant

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Tim Lane Lance Franklin was expected to star but it was his old team that shone brightest.

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.

Buddy flaws hurt Hawks

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Tim Lane Lance Franklin can light up the modern game, but his inaccuracy holds back Hawthorn.

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Thereabouts isn't always the formula for ultimate success

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Tim Lane It's fashionable these days for coaches to espouse the notion of consistently putting their teams "thereabouts". That is, of achieving a run of top-four finishes. Of regularly being in the ballpark.

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The Bulldog light on the hill out west

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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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Tasmania regarded but still relegated by AFL

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

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New man must knock heads

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Tim Lane With plenty of issues facing the game, having no football operations manager is yet another one.

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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

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

Life of Mick, Blue messiah?

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Tim Lane Carlton has a long history of bringing in outsiders to produce instant results - it's not always worked.

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Winning now not so foreign

Tim Lane Once again a Swans premiership has been made possible by their inspired trading.

A knockout, Buddy Ali

Tim Lane Hawthorn's Lance Franklin is developing into something truly unique.

Smaller clubs on the mooove

Tim Lane It's not just cattle on King Island, where three footy teams are going hell for leather for supremacy.

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Dissed and forever divided

Tim Lane In Tasmania, the AFL has eschewed the opportunity to be a healer and force for good.

Keeping the lid on human frailty

Tim Lane Dealing with the psychological impact of winning is just as important as dealing with defeat.