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.
Martin Blake Clint Jones will have slept easily last night. He will have known his opponent for tonight's game against Richmond, most likely Trent Cotchin, and that he is required to lock down on him for the sake...
Martin Blake Lance Franklin is beloved by the masses, but not necessarily by the umpires.
Martin Blake Twice this season, Jason Blake has played pivotal parts in St Kilda wins.
Martin Blake Roos' coach says win as important for supporters as for the players.
Martin Blake Injuries have forced Collingwood's hand again as it confronts white-hot Adelaide this weekend.
Martin Blake and Matt Murnane Mark Neeld last night reacted savagely to the thrashing in Sydney, dumping veteran players.
Martin Blake Embattled coach Mark Neeld has tried to reassure Melbourne supporters.
Martin Blake and Peter Hanlon Darren Jolly's whack at Neale Daniher has attracted the ire of the AFL Coaches Association.
Martin Blake Melbourne's besieged coach Mark Neeld has made an impassioned plea for Demons supporters to stick with the club in the midst of an unbroken eight-game losing streak.
Martin Blake The arrival of Terry Milera and Ahmed Saad has had an immediate impact on St Kilda.
Martin Blake, Launceston Clint Young sang the club song with his brother, and they were a happy team at Hawthorn again.
Martin Blake, Launceston Hawthorn's season back on track after Alistair Clarkson's team monsters Fremantle.
Martin Blake Eight months ago on the biggest stage the game offers, two young men hit flashpoints.
Jesse Hogan and Martin Blake Teams for grand final rematch will bear strong resemblance to last year's decider.
Martin Blake The late Jim Stynes' community work will be honoured by the AFL on Brownlow Medal night.
Martin Blake Scott Gumbleton is about to take another short step along the road back to AFL football.
Martin Blake AFL to honour the legacy of the late Jim Stynes with an annual award to be presented on Brownlow Medal night, starting this year.
Martin Blake and Michael Gleeson Carlton coach threatens changes after Blues surprisingly beaten by Saints.
Martin Blake A win against fancied Carlton has St Kilda inside the top eight.
Martin Blake This time a year ago, Tory Dickson was labouring at his father's steel fabrication business.