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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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Manager apologises for blast over ban

Chris Judd

Martin Blake, Matt Murnane Leading player manager Paul Connors has been forced into a public apology after his strident criticism of an ''interfering'' AFL, as the fallout from the Chris Judd suspension swirled yesterday.

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Petrie in hot water over tribunal criticism

Drew Petrie

Martin Blake North Melbourne vice-captain Drew Petrie is facing an AFL sanction over public criticism of the AFL tribunal, but the Kangaroos have accepted they can go no further in defending midfielder Jack...

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Pyke, tryer

Making his mark: Canadian Mike Pyke has adapted to AFL with considerable aplomb.

Martin Blake He's run the length of the field against the All Blacks and now he's kicking goals for the Swans.

Goddard says commitment to Saints not in doubt

St Kilda's Brendon Goddard

Martin Blake St Kilda's Brendon Goddard says he is happy with the way contract talks are moving with the club, despite the fact he has not committed to the Saints beyond this season.

Blues delay contract talks with McLean

Carlton's Brock McLean

Martin Blake Brock McLean has no guarantee of a place at Carlton next year, despite being arguably the club's best player in the past month.

Hodge back for Hawks

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge

Jared Lynch, Martin Blake Luke Hodge is set to captain Hawthorn for just the third time this season in tonight's clash with Essendon, while Bombers speedster Jason Winderlich will play his first game for the season in his...

Ben there, done that

Country boy: Ben McEvoy finds the city claustrophobic and enjoys living at Mt Martha.

Martin Blake Ben McEvoy has played in a grand final and lost. He'll use it to help St Kilda into a new era.

Goddard and Saints rise to the occasion

Brendon Goddard

Martin Blake Brendon Goddard's 200th game turns out to be one of his best for the Saints.

Accidents can happen

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

Martin Blake Scott Thompson was innocent and rightly was cleared by the AFL's match review panel.

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The Tigers' fade a habit they must break

Adelaide v Richmond

Martin Blake Three consecutive defeats by less than a goal will test the patience of any fan.