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 Many fans arriving at Saturday's World Cup opener between Australia and England will file into the MCG past the statue of Bill Ponsford.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!'"
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,...
Peter Hanlon And finally, we come to Simmo. It had to end here. This is where Australian cricket began again.
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.
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...
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.
Peter Hanlon Ian Callen's body reminds him of his one Test for Australia so often it hurts - literally. When the pain in his back returns - sometimes so acute all he can do is lie down for days - he remembers...
Peter Hanlon Peter Toohey looks at the image that personified Australian cricket's malaise and shifts a little in his seat.