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 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...
Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final.
Martin Blake Nathan Buckley is not happy with his two key forwards, Travis Cloke and Chris Dawes. But he believes they have copped too much of the focus since last weekend's defeat by North Melbourne.
Martin Blake LANCE Franklin's long-awaited return from a hamstring injury and illness, along with the inclusion of former captain Sam Mitchell and Josh Gibson, gives Hawthorn an imposing look for the...
Martin Blake Fremantle has turned the lower half of the top eight upside down.
Martin Blake Essendon's 232-game veteran Mark McVeigh has retired with no regrets. McVeigh, 31, told his teammates this morning at Windy Hill that he would not go on in 2013.
Martin Blake Essendon keeps taking two steps back for each step forward in the injury stakes.
Martin Blake and Jake Niall Collingwood's hard-line decision based on a season-long ban on drinking alcohol six days before a game.
Martin Blake Ray Jordon had a way with words. Choice words. Australian words.
Martin Blake The Carlton senior assistant coach retains an ambition to coach at the highest level.
Martin Blake The arrival of Terry Milera and Ahmed Saad has had an immediate impact on St Kilda.
Martin Blake Injuries have forced Collingwood's hand again as it confronts white-hot Adelaide this weekend.
Martin Blake and Matt Murnane Mark Neeld last night reacted savagely to the thrashing in Sydney, dumping veteran players.
Martin Blake Collingwood gives itself an important percentage boost by flogging Gold Coast at the MCG last night, despite an injury scare involving Scott Pendlebury.
Martin Blake Footscray legend Charlie Sutton, captain and coach of the Bulldogs' only premiership team, in 1954, has died.
Martin Blake and Emma Quayle Geelong clinging to the hope brilliant forward Travis Varcoe will play some games this season.
Martin Blake Collingwood is pondering a two-ruckman policy for just the second time this season.
Martin Blake A vertically challenged Magpie bucks the system to leave a sizeable footprint on the big stage.
Martin Blake The numbers indicate that Mitch Clark's loss could be devastating for Melbourne.
Martin Blake Collingwood elevates Irish teenager Caolan Mooney from its rookie list and picks him to play against Fremantle.