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 Jobe Watson caps off his third consecutive outstanding year with the game's most prestigious and famous individual honour.
Martin Blake Next Saturday, former Hawk Josh Kennedy presents arguably the biggest single threat to Hawthorn's quest for an 11th premiership.
Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.
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 After a nightmare spell of injuries, the Roos defender is making the most of his comeback.
Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake The clubs are not perfect in rewarding their defenders, but they are at least on to it.
Martin Blake AFL to honour the legacy of the late Jim Stynes with an annual award to be presented on Brownlow Medal night, starting this year.
Martin Blake The late Jim Stynes' community work will be honoured by the AFL on Brownlow Medal night.
Martin Blake Twice this season, Jason Blake has played pivotal parts in St Kilda wins.
Martin Blake Tyson Goldsack has had a 10-out-of-10 season. He has played all 10 senior games for Collingwood, a step forward for a player who has never quite established himself in six years of football.
Martin Blake Steve Johnson's concussion likely to prevent him from playing against Hawthorn.
Martin Blake Could Dane Swan win the Brownlow Medal for a second year in a row?