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 AFL umpires' boss Jeff Gieschen has ticked off eight of the nine controversial deliberate out-of-bounds decisions from last Friday night's game in Perth, defending the actions of the umpires.
Martin Blake For half a game, Essendon and North Melbourne played footy from the 1970s.
Martin Blake North Melbourne defender says Melbourne-raised players have tougher task to reach league's high professional standards.
Martin Blake After a nightmare spell of injuries, the Roos defender is making the most of his comeback.
Martin Blake Sean Dempster is taking the game on and he and St Kilda are benefiting.
Martin Blake and Jake Niall Collingwood's hard-line decision based on a season-long ban on drinking alcohol six days before a game.
Martin Blake Essendon keeps taking two steps back for each step forward in the injury stakes.
Martin Blake Brownlow medallist Dane Swan has been suspended by Collingwood after a night out.
Martin Blake A week ago, people were preparing to hand the premiership cup to Hawthorn.
Martin Blake and Jon Pierik Rodney Eade a potential candidate, Scott Burns endorsed as coach-in-waiting after Matthew Primus quits Port Adelaide.
Martin Blake Decision that appeared to cost St Kilda draw against Collingwood found to be wrong.
Martin Blake Rodney Eade is a potential candidate for the vacant Port Adelaide coaching job.
Martin Blake For Carlton, the Waite-ing was over. Jarrad Waite made his return to a navy blue guernsey. But the waiting for a finals berth and a recovering from this cursed season is effectively over, and that...
Martin Blake Dayne Beams is grabbing his opportunity to shine with both hands and earning plaudits all round.
Martin Blake Collingwood has copped a $20,000 fine from the AFL for breaching player rules relating to the salary cap.
Martin Blake Collingwood has been fined $20,000 by the AFL for breaching player rules relating to the salary cap.
Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.
Martin Blake Could Dane Swan win the Brownlow Medal for a second year in a row?
Martin Blake Steve Johnson's concussion likely to prevent him from playing against Hawthorn.
Martin Blake Scott Thompson was innocent and rightly was cleared by the AFL's match review panel.