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.

Tagging talented Tigers has Saint on the march

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...

Hawk Franklin gets damned by free kicks

Mixed bag: Lance Franklin is having a frustrating season.

Martin Blake Lance Franklin is beloved by the masses, but not necessarily by the umpires.

Blake's progress: a tale of survival

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Martin Blake Twice this season, Jason Blake has played pivotal parts in St Kilda wins.

Roos bag points, but Scott still worries

Andrew Swallow is congratulated by teammate Aaron Edwards after kicking a goal at Etihad Stadium yesterday.

Martin Blake Roos' coach says win as important for supporters as for the players.

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Football

Magpies call up two more rookies

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09: Jamie Elliott of the Magpies is tackled by Graham Johncock of the Crows during the round three NAB Cup match between the Adelaide Crows and the Collingwood Magpies at AAMI Stadium on March 9, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Martin Blake Injuries have forced Collingwood's hand again as it confronts white-hot Adelaide this weekend.

Football

Dees dump big names

Davey

Martin Blake and Matt Murnane Mark Neeld last night reacted savagely to the thrashing in Sydney, dumping veteran players.

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Be patient, urges Neeld

Mark Neeld

Martin Blake Embattled coach Mark Neeld has tried to reassure Melbourne supporters.

AFL

Jolly's Daniher blast raises ire of coaches

Neale Daniher

Martin Blake and Peter Hanlon Darren Jolly's whack at Neale Daniher has attracted the ire of the AFL Coaches Association.

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Bunker down and stick with the club: Neeld

Mark Neeld

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.

The need for speed

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Martin Blake The arrival of Terry Milera and Ahmed Saad has had an immediate impact on St Kilda.

Happy and victorious

Hawks fly: Matthew Suckling kicks a goal in Hawthorn's big win over Fremantle at Aurora Stadium yesterday.

Martin Blake, Launceston Clint Young sang the club song with his brother, and they were a happy team at Hawthorn again.

AFL

Fighting Hawks look the real deal

Happy Hawthorn players

Martin Blake, Launceston Hawthorn's season back on track after Alistair Clarkson's team monsters Fremantle.

Pies, Cats up for rematch

Geelong's Tom Hawkins battles with Collingwood's Ben Reid.

Martin Blake Eight months ago on the biggest stage the game offers, two young men hit flashpoints.

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Cats, Magpies recall big guns for grand final replay

Collingwood defender Chris Tarrant during a training session at Gosch's Paddock.

Jesse Hogan and Martin Blake Teams for grand final rematch will bear strong resemblance to last year's decider.

AFL

AFL creates Stynes Award

Jim Stynes

Martin Blake The late Jim Stynes' community work will be honoured by the AFL on Brownlow Medal night.

AFL

New step forward for embattled Bomber

Scott Gumbleton.

Martin Blake Scott Gumbleton is about to take another short step along the road back to AFL football.

Stynes to be honoured with annual award

Jim Stynes

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.

We've lost our spark, says Ratten

An animated Brett Ratten speaks to his players at three-quarter time.

Martin Blake and Michael Gleeson Carlton coach threatens changes after Blues surprisingly beaten by Saints.

Saints smash through

Stephen Milne shows his joy after kicking a goal.

Martin Blake A win against fancied Carlton has St Kilda inside the top eight.

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Dogs find the answer with Dickson

Off the leash: Tory Dickson escapes the clutches of Leigh Adams.

Martin Blake This time a year ago, Tory Dickson was labouring at his father's steel fabrication business.