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.

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AFL moves to allay fears weather will stop grand final parade

Martin Blake and Daniel Mackney Tomorrow's grand final parade will be cancelled if Melbourne's forecast bad weather is too inclement, AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has admitted.

AFL moving on grand final twilight game

Andrew Demetriou and Gillon McLachlan.

Martin Blake The AFL continues to warm to the idea of a twilight grand final.

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Live AFL blog: Carlton v Essendon

AFL premiership cup

Martin Blake Highly motivated arch-rival superpowers meet in front of a packed house in a sudden-death final, having not won a final between them since 2002.

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AFL gay speculation a 'sick fascination': Murphy

Robert Murphy

Martin Blake Western Bulldog defender Bob Murphy says there is a "sick fascination" with how many AFL players are gay.

AFL boss slams indigenous 'risk'

Liam Jurrah

Michael Gleeson and Martin Blake AFL challenges suggestions of change in attitude to recruiting indigenous players.

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AFL adamant goal videos working

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Martin Blake AFL dismisses notion of a hand-of-God goal by Collingwood's Jarryd Blair on Anzac Day, and is pushing on with its technological assistance for goal umpires, despite some heavy criticism.

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High anxiety in AFL

Tackle

Jon Pierik, Martin Blake, Jared Lynch Umpires boss Jeff Gieschen says Eagles playing up high tackles to win free kicks.

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AFL creates Stynes Award

Jim Stynes

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

Tigers ready to take on AFL's big spenders

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

Martin Blake Damien Hardwick calls it footy's ''arms race''. Richmond has been outgunned for years in football department spending, and knows that it matters.

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AFL defends Carlton's reduced preparation

Matt Priddis tackled by Andrew Carrazzo

Martin Blake and Matt Murnane The AFL has defended the controversial fixturing of tonight's Carlton-West Coast match at Patersons Stadium, saying the Thursday night timeslot was done purely to maximise television exposure.

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Lawmakers look again at interchanges

Interchange area

Martin Blake The AFL's war on congestion in the game is to be ramped up in October when the laws committee decides whether to alter the interchange rules again.

Blues battlers to the end

Departing Carlton coach Brett Ratten

Martin Blake Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.

Dawes finds an opening as Magpies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final against Hawthorn at the MCG tonight after the out-of-form ruck-forward was dropped for the last round of the...

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Dawes finds an opening as Pies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final.

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Clash of the big birds guaranteed titanic

Adam Goodes

Martin Blake For reasons that are not all that clear, Sydney has a problem with the Adelaide Crows.

Shock as All-Australian squad named

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Martin Blake Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson and Western Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd are among the unlucky players who missed out on All-Australian squad selection yesterday.

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From Scarlett to purple

Down and out: Matthew Scarlett leads the grim-faced Cats off the MCG last night.

Martin Blake Fremantle pulls off the most momentous win of its 18-year history in the AFL.

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Saints, Swans to play on Anzac Day in NZ

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Martin Blake St Kilda and Sydney will play the first AFL match for premiership points outside Australia in New Zealand on Anzac Day in 2013.

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St Kilda, Sydney in Anzac Day clash in NZ

The Saints will play the Swans on Anzac Day next year in New Zealand.

Martin Blake AFL admits success or failure of St Kilda's Wellington venture could determine whether the league tries to put a team in New Zealand.

Lyon gets quick results with Freo

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon

Martin Blake Ross Lyon and Fremantle are working well together, writes Martin Blake.

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