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 Fremantle pulls off the most momentous win of its 18-year history in the AFL.
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.
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.
Martin Blake Ross Lyon and Fremantle are working well together, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Andrew Demetriou admits that the AFL's match review panel and judiciary system is imperfect, but insists that it is better than the old system.
Martin Blake Travis Cloke is the one. He has a history of troubling Sydney and is key to the Pie's chances.
Martin Blake For the Reid family of Bright, it will inevitably be a bitter-sweet preliminary final day.
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 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.
Martin Blake Brownlow medallist Dane Swan has been suspended by Collingwood after a night out.