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 I GUESS Jude was always going to be tough. He had to be. Growing up with two sporty elder brothers, their grand finals and Test matches in the Ballarat backyard were brutal.
Martin Blake Next Saturday, former Hawk Josh Kennedy presents arguably the biggest single threat to Hawthorn's quest for an 11th premiership.
Martin Blake Isaac Smith is determined to go with the flow in his first experience of grand final week.
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.
Martin Blake The AFL continues to warm to the idea of a twilight grand final.
Martin Blake Sydney half-back Nick Malceski took centre stage in the final act of the classic.
Martin Blake Jobe Watson caps off his third consecutive outstanding year with the game's most prestigious and famous individual honour.
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.
Martin Blake Essendon coach James Hird is looking forward to renewing his club's rivalry with Hawthorn at Docklands tomorrow night, although he has bigger things on his mind.
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...
Martin Blake Ben McEvoy has played in a grand final and lost. He'll use it to help St Kilda into a new era.
Martin Blake Brendon Goddard's 200th game turns out to be one of his best for the Saints.
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.
Martin Blake Three consecutive defeats by less than a goal will test the patience of any fan.
Martin Blake Collingwood has been fined $20,000 by the AFL for breaching player rules relating to the salary cap.
Martin Blake Collingwood has copped a $20,000 fine from the AFL for breaching player rules relating to the salary cap.
Martin Blake Dayne Beams is grabbing his opportunity to shine with both hands and earning plaudits all round.
Martin Blake A week ago, people were preparing to hand the premiership cup to Hawthorn.
Martin Blake Decision that appeared to cost St Kilda draw against Collingwood found to be wrong.