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.

David Koch, Port Adelaide from the pram, finds joy in the growth of the club he loves

David Koch finds joy in what he loves.

Martin Flanagan David Koch's grandfather drove a tractor at a saltworks and the family lived in the Port Adelaide area.

Hawthorn's maestro Luke Hodge can be rated alongside Leigh Matthews

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Martin Flanagan Luke Hodge has to be now rated alongside Leigh Matthews as a great Hawthorn captain.

Port experience should be thrown out to sea

Martin Flanagan Once upon a time in this country, a game was born. It was influenced by games from other places but it was also unlike them.

AFL

A grand old sporting theatre morphs into thunderous cauldron

Martin Flanagan Adelaide Oval is now a place for screams not dreams.

AFL

Ken Hinkley is his own man and the Power players listen

Simple message: Port players appear to have belief in coach Ken Hinkley’s uncomplicated mantra.

Martin Flanagan If you missed Port Adelaide v West Coast last weekend, you missed the best game of the season so far.

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 making of Brendan McCartney

Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney.

Martin Flanagan If the emerging Western Bulldogs follow their coach's teachings, they will be built on solid foundations.

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

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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Reaching new frontiers

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Martin Flanagan This week, the AFL had a meeting of the players billed as its 'multicultural ambassadors'.

AFL

Putting the pieces together

Martin Flanagan Thirst for knowledge and chance to positively influence young lives help to drive Brad Scott's coaching career.

After 888 games, Libba and Gary's beautiful friendship

Martin Flanagan On the road to Metricon, a legendary player bonds with a legendary supporter.

AFL

Silky Burgoyne quietly makes his mark on and off the field

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Martin Flanagan Shaun Burgoyne is a quiet man with a persistent smile and what a Hawthorn official calls ''a definite presence''.

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.

Football

Jurrah's gone but career 'not over'

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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

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Martin Flanagan Like that of Aboriginal painter Albert Namatjira, the story of Liam Jurrah runs at two levels.

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.

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A history lesson in a tough game

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Martin Flanagan There was no snow on the mountain but a cold wind was blasting in from the west.

Tigers of 2012 are always ones to watch

Martin Flanagan There's no shortage of Jack Dyer's immortal ''good ordinary players'' at today's Richmond.

In life and football, 'that's how she goes'

Martin Flanagan North Hobart Football Club is under threat. It has a record of success that compares to Port Adelaide.