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

Brett Kirk takes Aussie rules to the world

Martin Flanagan Brett Kirk looks leaner and browner than when I saw him last, but the smile is as clear as ever. 

AFL

Pearce Hanley the Pirate of Roscommon - or Mayo

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Martin Flanagan As Pearce Hanley points out, he didn’t choose the AFL – the AFL, through the Brisbane Lions, chose him.

World sport codes battle in the same lounge room

Martin Flanagan The sense of drama that imbues a World Cup final comes precisely from the fact that it is a world title.

AFL

Jonathan Brown, a true character of the game

Jonathan Brown lies on the ground injured during the round 17 game against the Cats in 2011.

Martin Flanagan Over the past decade, when people have declared that there are no characters in footy any more, I’ve thought, “Well, you can’t have met Jonathan Brown”.

AFL

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.

AFL

One-time Fitzroy stalwart now a Victory convert

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Martin Flanagan By AFL standards, the A-League crowds aren't big, but then Fitzroy rarely had big crowds.

Picken's a blue-collar Bulldog

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Martin Flanagan Billy Picken, father of the Western Bulldogs' Liam Picken, is one of the game's personalities.