Tim Lane

Tim Lane

Coaching clubs to hang tough still has some way to go

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Tim Lane And you were just starting to think it had been a year of stability for AFL coaches. Eighteen saddled up for the running of this year's race-to-September and every last one was still in the saddle as...

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.

AFL

Tasmania regarded but still relegated by AFL

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

AFL

Baldock: a thoroughly modern champion

Tim Lane With the star goal-kickers having their style ever-more cramped by the modern game, a new football discussion has begun. How would the goal-kicking giants of the past have coped in the current era?

AFL

Goodes a victim of circumstance

Tim Lane Apart from the late Major General Alan Stretton, who played 16 games for St Kilda and later oversaw the post-Cyclone Tracy evacuation of Darwin, Adam Goodes is the first VFL/AFL footballer to be...

AFL

How fight for rights was won

Tim Lane Forty years on, AFL players are reaping the rewards of their union's struggle for a better deal.

AFL

Ross Lyon is winning the AFL coaches battle year-in and out

Tim Lane Allan Jeans is credited with saying that to know where you’re going it’s important to be clear on where you’ve come from.

AFL

AFL must bear growing pains

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Tim Lane Football is spreading its wings and officials, players and fans must now commit to a bigger game.

AFL

A numbers man marks milestone

Tim Lane AFL stats man Col Hutchinson's time as a Geelong fan struck a golden note against the brown and gold.

AFL

Melbourne with Roos, win city?

Tim Lane The arrival of Sydney's great coach is a new chapter in the tale of two cities.

Panel doesn't deliver justice

Tim Lane A system in which 51% gives the same result as 99% lacks sense, common or otherwise.

Football

Cup on offer, it's still footy

Tim Lane The new incarnation of the NAB Cup may still give some indication of what's to come.

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.

Rules are on a slippery slide

Tim Lane Speculation on the slide rule is a dangerous game of making changes to the rules on the run.

On football's struggle street, burning hunger still gnaws

Tim Lane The big talking point has been the unusually open race for the flag.

Fate stepped in to distinguish between two prodigious talents

Tim Lane Two of the Apple Isle's finest had contrasting fortunes in the big time.