Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon has worked at The Age since 1995, initially as deputy sports editor, subsequently as editor of the Saturday and Sunday Age sports sections, and since 2007 as a senior sports writer. He writes extensively on the AFL, and has also covered the Beijing Olympics and Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Closing the cricket gap: Participation points to a bright future


Peter Hanlon John Bannon was watching his beloved South Australia defeat Northern Territory, against a MacDonnell Ranges backdrop that makes Albrecht Oval one of the most enchanting cricket grounds imaginable.

From meat tray to cricket banquet

Gene Norman shows his style for NT against Queensland.

Peter Hanlon In how far he's come in such a short time, and in his vision of a future as big as the Alice Springs sky, Gene Norman is the embodiment of the Imparja Cup.

Lessons for the cricket world from a tour of discovery

Australian cricketer Bill Ponsford.

Peter Hanlon Many fans arriving at Saturday's World Cup opener between Australia and England will file into the MCG past the statue of Bill Ponsford.

Planning the path of a cricket prodigy

Family affair: Mackenzie Harvey prepares for another day's cricket.

Peter Hanlon It's a prediction that makes Cricket Victoria's regional manager Stuart Clark cringe. "I think avoiding the phrase, 'This kid's got a big future', would be very helpful," he says.

World Cup misses a trick by not getting off the beaten track

Spectators celebrate at the Eastern Oval in Ballarat during the 1992 Cricket World Cup match between  England and Sri Lanka.

Peter Hanlon When cricket's World Cup was last played in Australia and New Zealand, England met Sri Lanka on a March Monday at Ballarat's historic Eastern Oval. A crowd of 13,037 shoehorned itself into the ground.

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No Hale takes the shine off Ballarat's big weekend

Jack Hale has withdrawn from this weekend's Ballarat Gift.

Peter Hanlon The excitement of having Australia's fastest-ever schoolboy about to make his wing-heeled way to town is matched only by the deflation of losing him at the eleventh hour.

Australian Open 2015: the highlights of everybody's favourite grand slam

Rafael Nadal posed more questions than  he answered.

Peter Hanlon The 2015 Australian Open offered up the odd surprise - 11 locals reaching the second round, Venus Williams reaching the quarter-finals at 34, fluorescent pyjamas becoming the height of fashion.

Sharapova seeks to overturn a decade of Serena dominance

Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return against Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in their women's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 29, 2015.    AFP PHOTO / MAL FAIRCLOUGH

Peter Hanlon Hostilities in the most titillating rivalry in tennis - and the most one-sided among the long-term elite - will be resumed on Saturday night.

Australian Open 2015: Injury brings the Madison Keys key to the fore

Madison Keys overcame injury to advance to the semi-finals.

Peter Hanlon Just when it seemed the Williams sisters' rivalry was set to join ripped jeans and all things flouro on the Nineties retro revival scene, Madison Keys somehow found a way.

Maria Sharapova finds herself in a familiar part of the world

Maria Sharapova shows her elation after winning through to the semi-finals.

Peter Hanlon Ekaterina Makarova remembers a not-so-distant time when Russians so populated the vanguard of women's tennis that four would regularly feature in grand slam quarter-finals, a pair in the semis.

Venus back at the forefront of the Williams double act

Cat’s back: With illness behind her, Venus Williams has progressed to the fourth round.

Peter Hanlon Serena Williams stole a glance at the score just before she walked onto centre court, and saw that big sister Venus was down a set and a break on Margaret Court Arena.

Dimitrov embracing tough lessons

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria celebrates after defeating Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in their men's singles third round match.

Peter Hanlon Grigor Dimitrov had set himself up for a fall. It's another mark of his building threat that he found a way to keep his feet.

Australian Open: The power of a sporting gesture

Sportsmanship: Tim Smyczek.

Peter Hanlon Tim Smyczek was too busy last week playing three rounds of qualifying to notice Australia's cricketers invoking "the line" like a pack of warped Johnny Cash disciples.

Australian Open 2015: Marcos Baghdatis feels the love back where it all began

Feeling the love: Marcos Baghdatis at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Peter Hanlon Marcos Baghdatis reckons everyone in tennis, save for the elite few, knows how it feels to be lost. By arriving at the Australian Open via an Onkaparinga challenger event and some hit-and-giggle...

Australian Open 2015: Sloane Stephens stalls as Victoria Azarenka looks her challenge in the eyes

Victoria Azarenka took just 75 minutes to dismiss Sloane Stephens.

Peter Hanlon Sloane Stephens hadn't seen the draw, but didn't need to. "I was like, 'Of course – I'm not seeded, she's not seeded, so of course we're gunna play each other! That's just how it's gunna be!'"

Impressive Nadal sticks to his lines

Oh yeah: Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Mikhail Youzhny.

Peter Hanlon It took less than two hours to convince his first-round opponent – and surely any who lie in his Australian Open path – that Rafael Nadal had been delving in a little Hamlet, whose mum,...

Summer cricket series: Bob Simpson's second innings

Bob Simpson: The new Aussie captain at 41.

Peter Hanlon And finally, we come to Simmo. It had to end here. This is where Australian cricket began again.

When Gavaskar walked - and almost took India with him

Sunil Gavaskar and Dennis Lillee dispute the lbw decision in 1981 Melbourne Test .

Peter Hanlon "Everyone is frustrated and in the situation it is no wonder we have incidents," Australia's captain told the media, huddled beneath an MCG grandstand.

John Maclean: the godfather who kept at it

Reflecting on a privilege: John Maclean at Allan Border field.

Peter Hanlon Ever since John Maclean first donned big gloves and little pads, no matter if he was close enough to tip the bails off with a twitch of his `tash, it seemed Rod Marsh always managed to squeeze...

Jeff Moss: 'I dunno whether they know I played cricket'

Quirky: Jeff Moss tries on his baggy green again.

Peter Hanlon Jeff Moss is 67 and still looks good in shorts. He has quirks that enhance the sense that he's easy company. The mop of dark curls and drooping mo are long gone.