Martin Flanagan is a journalist and author who writes on sport, Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia.
Martin Flanagan Brett Kirk looks leaner and browner than when I saw him last, but the smile is as clear as ever.
Martin Flanagan Greater Western Sydney is building a burgeoning community fan base from the ground up.
Martin Flanagan Popular sports like NRL and AFL are actively becoming less violent, in part because they have a changing audience, in part because they are being pursued by ever more vengeful litigants.
Martin Flanagan What strikes me about the coming season is the number of teams with realistic grounds to believe they can improve.
Martin Flanagan The standout piece for me in the 2008 AFL official history was an essay by Adam Goodes.
Martin Flanagan Though it's not the point of the game, I wish every team could celebrate a win every week.
Martin Flanagan Last week, at the Lighthouse writers’ festival in Airey’s Inlet, I was asked the best thing I had seen in sport.
Martin Flanagan Kevin Sheedy's final week as an AFL coach was a busy one.
Martin Flanagan Kevin Sheedy has loved his time at GWS, and the view from outside the Melbourne bubble.
Martin Flanagan He's "old" Collingwood, the product of a proud clan … and is like one of the family.
Fremantle's unlikely lads deliver plenty of great theatre - and they are made for the biggest stage of all
Martin Flanagan I AM a Hayden Ballantyne fan. He won me over with his performance in the opening match of the 2012 season.
Martin Flanagan Players either buy into Ross Lyon's game plan or - they disappear!
Martin Flanagan Three years ago, I sat on Bondi beach with the Sydney player known simply as LRT.
Martin Flanagan There's a lot of things in the world to get upset about, to take brave stands for and against.
Martin Flanagan There was no snow on the mountain but a cold wind was blasting in from the west.
Martin Flanagan There's no shortage of Jack Dyer's immortal ''good ordinary players'' at today's Richmond.
Martin Flanagan Essendon is switched on and dangerous under the guidance of James Hird.