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.

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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Alleged St Kilda fat slur 'isolated'

St Kilda

Jared Lynch, Martin Blake The AFL will not take further action against St Kilda after Saints players marred Women's Round by becoming embroiled in claims they degraded a young fan by refusing to pose for photographs.

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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AFL

Bomber stars return

Essendon's bad start to 2010.

Martin Blake Essendon coach James Hird has spent the season with headaches at the selection table and a glut of injuries, but the Bombers are on the verge of pulling their full list together.

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.

AFL

'As a kid I hated Hawthorn': Hird gets personal

James Hird

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.

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.

Thompson cleared on Johnson collision

Scott Thompson and Steve Johnson.

Martin Blake Steve Johnson's concussion likely to prevent him from playing against Hawthorn.

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.

AFL

Pies fined over salary cap error

Salary cap breach.

Martin Blake Collingwood has been fined $20,000 by the AFL for breaching player rules relating to the salary cap.

Magpies fined for 'administrative error'

Collingwood jumper

Martin Blake Collingwood has copped a $20,000 fine from the AFL for breaching player rules relating to the salary cap.

Beams me up, Pie rising

Dayne Beams

Martin Blake Dayne Beams is grabbing his opportunity to shine with both hands and earning plaudits all round.

Hawthorn weighs up ruckman dilemma

Keen: Hawthorn's Max Bailey and David Hale.

Martin Blake A week ago, people were preparing to hand the premiership cup to Hawthorn.

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Crucial free to O'Brien ruled 'wrong'

Harry O'Brien goes for a mark in the final moments against St Kilda while Stephen Milne (44) lurks.

Martin Blake Decision that appeared to cost St Kilda draw against Collingwood found to be wrong.

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Collingwood suspends Swan after night out

Dane Swan

Martin Blake Brownlow medallist Dane Swan has been suspended by Collingwood after a night out.