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.

Clouds gather over Cats' form

Martin Blake Fans stayed away, which was some occurrence for the stoic lot who follow Geelong.

Cats' smallest crowd for 20 years

Martin Blake Geelong's players and coaching staff will wake up on the Gold Coast on Monday morning, choosing to escape the Victorian winter for a training camp for the second year in a row as they search for...

Young Roo works his way to front

Ball-winner: Leigh Adams battles the Crows.

Martin Blake Leigh Adams will not need extra motivation as North Melbourne heads into a critical clash with St Kilda.

Hawks put blowtorch on Ratten

Hawthorn v Carlton

Martin Blake Hawthorn defeats Carlton by 50 points without even breaking stride, piling on seven first-quarter goals to set it up.

AFL

Rookie decision: Magpies back Irish youngster

Collingwood's Caolan Mooney

Martin Blake Collingwood elevates Irish teenager Caolan Mooney from its rookie list and picks him to play against Fremantle.

AFL

Surge in frees for throwing

Patrick McGinnity, seen here trying in vain to prevent Collingwood's Jamie Elliott from taking a mark, is one of the Eagles players who was noticed throwing the ball.

Jon Pierik and Martin Blake Crafty players push the boundaries in bid to clear the ball amid increasing congestion and pressure.

Demons in remix after Clark loss

Even with Mitch Clark, Melbourne is scoring only 69 points a game - 16th in the competition.

Martin Blake The numbers indicate that Mitch Clark's loss could be devastating for Melbourne.

Goodes played on: umpires' boss

Unhappy: Swan Adam Goodes last Friday.

Martin Blake AFL umpiring department gives tick to one of two controversial decisions in Sydney-Geelong game.

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Cats may rise from depths

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

Martin Blake Teams of this calibre in the bottom of the eight assure some surprises.

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Dees despair: Clark out for season

Mitch Clark is out for the season.

Martin Blake Mitch Clark's brilliant form was one of the few positives at Melbourne in 2012.

Mercurial Dees crush Giants

Coming from behind: Giants forward Jeremy Cameron prepares to tackle Demon defender Jack Watts.

Martin Blake Melbourne under Mark Neeld is multi-faceted and adaptable, above all else.

AFL

Mercurial Dees crush Giants

Former Demon Tom Scully

Martin Blake Melbourne under Mark Neeld is multi-faceted and adaptable, above all else.

The Blair hitch project

Pocket dynamo: Jarryd Blair defies the tall midfielder trend of modern football.

Martin Blake A vertically challenged Magpie bucks the system to leave a sizeable footprint on the big stage.

Swans declaw Cats

Best foot forward: Sydney star Adam Goodes attempts to kick the ball against Geelong last night.

Martin Blake Geelong's malaise is back, although the dreaded premiership hangover may be a way off yet.

Football

Magpies tackle Eagles ruck

Heath Shaw

Martin Blake Collingwood is pondering a two-ruckman policy for just the second time this season.

Pies ponder problem of a different kind

Heath Shaw

Martin Blake Collingwood has a selection dilemma with three top players proving their fitness and available for the potential grand final preview against West Coast at the MCG on Saturday.

Carlton trio fined for tweets critical of umpires

Carlton footballer Marc Murphy

Martin Blake But the decision that sparked most of their ire was deemed to be wrong.

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Face your demons

Greater Western Sydney's Tom Scully

Martin Blake Tom Scully is going to a place a few have been before him, and none found it pleasant.

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Varcoe in limbo after more surgery

Travis Varcoe

Martin Blake and Emma Quayle Geelong clinging to the hope brilliant forward Travis Varcoe will play some games this season.

Varcoe setback: sidelined Cat needs foot surgery

Travis Varcoe

Martin Blake Geelong's hopes of bringing back slick half-forward Travis Varcoe have been dashed by news that he requires surgery on his injured foot.