Martin Blake

Martin Blake

Martin Blake has been a senior writer for The Age since 1986 and has covered numerous AFL seasons, three cricket World Cups and various Australian cricket tours overseas, two Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games, and a plethora of other major sports events including the British Open Championship and the US Masters. He covers all sports with an emphasis on Australian football and golf.

No 'Buddy' worries for Hawthorn

Got him: Hawthorn's Brad Sewell is tackled by Bulldog Ryan Griffen.

Martin Blake Hawthorn, minus Lance Franklin and Luke Hodge, hammers the Bulldogs.


Hayes sets aside talk of future

Lenny Hayes.

Martin Blake Lenny Hayes is playing plenty well enough to plough on into a 15th season next year.


Low blow, says Archer

North Melbourne legend Glenn Archer

Martin Blake North Melbourne legend Glenn Archer says West Coast has broken the players' code by accusing Roos' forward Lindsay Thomas of staging as Eagles coach John Worsfold backed away from the controversial...

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Hodge saga drags on

Luke Hodge

Martin Blake The bad news for Hawthorn is that it is about to play on without its inspirational captain.

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Footy looks to shake the tag


Martin Blake In the Mick Malthouse reign at Collingwood, the Magpies stopped using taggers.

Franklin, Hodge face time on sidelines

Lance Franklin

Martin Blake AFL high-flyers Hawthorn have been dealt a double blow, with superstar forward Lance Franklin and captain Luke Hodge sidelined for up to three weeks each with injury setbacks.

Martin Blake

Unfair to demonise Wellingham

Sharrod Wellingham and Kade Simpson

Martin Blake Somehow between Friday night and today Sharrod Wellingham became an axe murderer, a serial killer. Needless to say, he is not.


Wellingham quick to accept three-match ban for controversial bump

Martin Blake Collingwood's Sharrod Wellingham has accepted a minimum three-match suspension by the AFL's match review panel over his controversial hit on Carlton's Kade Simpson in last Friday night's game at the...

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Milne inspires Saints

Getaway: Stephen Milne gets away from Michael Hibberd for one of his five goals.

Martin Blake This was Stephen Milne's night and St Kilda's night, unequivocally.

Saints upset Bombers in thumping win

Stephen Milne and Nick Riewoldt

Martin Blake TWO moments encapsulated this game, both in the third quarter when St Kilda was on the verge of finally breaking Essendon's spirit.


From pretenders to contenders in five easy steps

Martin Blake Martin Blake finds ways Carlton can conjure a miracle against Collingwood tonight


Fledgling Blue gets thrown to the wolves

Brett Ratten and Andrew McInnes.

Martin Blake AT THE height of his dramas, Brett Ratten has punted on a first-gamer for Carlton's season-defining game against Collingwood at the MCG tonight.

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Yappy go lucky

Stephen Milne

Martin Blake Stephen Milne always plays to his strengths, writes Martin Blake.

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Survivor Milne is still enjoying his footy

St Kilda's Stephen Milne.

Martin Blake Stephen Milne says he is proud of his 250-game milestone, especially his resilience.

Vickery's season is over

Ty Vickery.

Martin Blake Richmond ruck-forward will have shoulder reconstruction and miss rest of the year.

Tiger keeps thoughts on tackle in-school

Child's play: Steve Morris conducts a clinic at Yarra Bend Park yesterday.

Martin Blake Steve Morris has been on television more in the past few days than in the rest of his life.

Star Crow grounded for three matches

Taylor Walker has been dealt his second suspension of the season.

Martin Blake Taylor Walker hits a brick wall in the form of the match review panel in his groundbreaking season.

Stadium boss gives the green light


Martin Blake Etihad Stadium has a new chief executive, and fortunately he knows a thing or two about growing grass.

Saints hit by injury, suspension for Bomber clash

The Saints have lost Rhys Stanley, seen here marking in front of Roo Sam Gibson,  for the medium-term.

Martin Blake St Kilda will be without both ruck-forward Rhys Stanley and utility James Blake for up to six weeks.

MRP throws the book at big names

Taylor Walker

Martin Blake Adelaide’s key forward Taylor Walker, St Kilda star Brendon Goddard, Hawthorn defender Brent Guerra, Essendon half-forward Stewart Crameri and Richmond on-baller Daniel Jackson have all incurred the...

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