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.
Peter Hanlon Spear-fishing, mutton bird hunting and skinning kangaroos – Tasmanian prospect Ryan Lees’ upbringing could not be more different to that of his cricketing peers.
Peter Hanlon Australia's deep but often fragile fast bowling stocks received a welcome boost on Wednesday when Jackson Bird completed a seven-wicket haul for Tasmania's second XI, but more importantly came...
Peter Hanlon Five years on since The Age first met him, Damon Egan remains on course for big things.
Peter Hanlon Alex Keath was hailed as a rare "wiin" for the summer game when he chose cricket over a spot at centre half-forward in Gold Coast's inaugural AFL team.
Peter Hanlon For a fleeting moment on Tuesday, Ciaron Maher looked to the darkening western sky and thought, just maybe.
Peter Hanlon It was a lesson in how to win, and how to lose. And ultimately, darkly, sadly, a stark reminder that sometimes when you lose in racing, you lose everything.
Peter Hanlon John Sadler's recall of his first experience of Johnny Murtagh, when he was training in Dubai in the early 2000s, is of a man whose head was already out of the saddle even while his backside was...
Peter Hanlon Simon O'Donnell sees similarities in his job this week to the sporting lives he long ago left behind.
Peter Hanlon Darren Weir, brackets Wangoom, rocked back and forth on his heels, hands thrust deep into pockets of a suit he'd happily not own, a picture of discomfort doing the one thing he doesn't fancy about...
Peter Hanlon Saab Hasan cups his hand, palm upturned, fingers spread. ''This,'' he says gently. ''This is the gift.''
Peter Hanlon Francis Finnegan admits it's a bit of a worry that Thunderbird One, the horse he and wife Samantha took on as a baby and love to bits, has been in one of his moods of late.
Peter Hanlon Local attitudes to the world's best jockeys when they pop by during spring haven't always shown us in the best light.
Peter Hanlon It amuses Dean Yendall when people he plays golf with or bumps into on the Horsham streets say how busy he must be at this time of year. "I'm like, 'I ride every $#@! day of the week!"
Peter Hanlon A horse owned by Sheikh Fahad winning a Geelong Cup with Craig Williams in the saddle is an ominous pointer to bigger things.
Peter Hanlon Japan to Melbourne is a long journey for a horse, one in which logistics, expense and red tape have prevented all but Tokai Trick four years ago from trying to emulate the 2006 heroics of Delta Blues...
Peter Hanlon Two months before winning his fifth British Open in 1965 Peter Thomson warmed up on fairways that, when he'd won his fourth title seven years earlier, were a dense bush of eucalypts, ti-tree and...
Peter Hanlon Trading in stereotypes can be as fraught as punting with your eyes closed, but when it comes to describing Japanese horseracing, a thread emerges like a compelling form line.
Peter Hanlon A sense of anticipation tracks Japan's biggest assault on the spring carnival since the historic Melbourne Cup quinella of 2006.
Peter Hanlon Ken Keys remembers when he was green as a new bean, bowling into racing headquarters in jeans and a t-shirt, asking for a trainer's licence like it was a carton of milk.
Peter Hanlon There will be many more centuries made this Australian summer, but the first, by Cameron White, will take some topping for draining, debilitating discomfort.