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 LANCE Franklin's long-awaited return from a hamstring injury and illness, along with the inclusion of former captain Sam Mitchell and Josh Gibson, gives Hawthorn an imposing look for the...
Martin Blake North and Freo to star in off-Broadway hit, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake North Melbourne is closely monitoring brilliant midfielder Daniel Wells today as it tosses up whether to pick him for the blockbuster game against Fremantle at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Martin Blake Nathan Buckley is not happy with his two key forwards, Travis Cloke and Chris Dawes. But he believes they have copped too much of the focus since last weekend's defeat by North Melbourne.
Martin Blake The bad news for Carlton is that the Blues need to win both their remaining games to play finals.
Jared Lynch, Martin Blake Western Bulldog Will Minson's reprieve at the AFL Tribunal for stomping has fractured opinion among leading club officials and commentators.
Martin Blake Western Bulldogs' ruckman Will Minson has won a reprieve from the AFL Tribunal.
Martin Blake Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says he was "surprised" by the decision to reprieve Western Bulldog Will Minson for stomping and has called for the AFL to review the Match Review Panel at season’s...
Martin Blake Lenny Hayes' reprieve by match review panel proves that not all head-high contact draw sanction.
Martin Blake Tigers' angry response to late inclusion of ruckman Aaron Sandilands has a postscript.
Martin Blake If Collingwood has problems, then some perspective is required.
Martin Blake This is a tale of team versus individual. Almost inevitably, the former wins. It is simple mathematics.
Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Western Bulldogs' season of woe is made worse with ruckman Will Minson being offered a one-match suspension for stomping by the AFL's match review panel.
Martin Blake Essendon will put its season on the line by fielding its best on-paper team for a month.
Martin Blake The Carlton senior assistant coach retains an ambition to coach at the highest level.
Martin Blake Survey reveals assistant coaches in the AFL are suffering 'high psychological distress'.
Martin Blake Ray Jordon had a way with words. Choice words. Australian words.
Martin Blake In AFL footy, they don't do an FA Cup-style rags-to-riches thing. No fairytale stories like West Ham's triumph in 1980 from second division.
Martin Blake Chris Scott's criticism of handling of West Coast-Geelong match draws a blank at AFL House.