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.

Football

Hawks haunted by grand Swan

Martin Blake Next Saturday, former Hawk Josh Kennedy presents arguably the biggest single threat to Hawthorn's quest for an 11th premiership.

Brownlow quirks and oddities

Brownlow anomalies.

Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.

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AFL

Reward at last for Dons' skipper

Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson polled in a record 14 games.

Martin Blake Jobe Watson caps off his third consecutive outstanding year with the game's most prestigious and famous individual honour.

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Thompson cleared on Johnson collision

Scott Thompson and Steve Johnson.

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

Vote magnet in medal tilt again

Dane Swan

Martin Blake Could Dane Swan win the Brownlow Medal for a second year in a row?

Six-day rule costs Swan two games

Suspended: Dane Swan's indiscretion has cost him a two-match ban.

Martin Blake and Jake Niall Collingwood's hard-line decision based on a season-long ban on drinking alcohol six days before a game.

Grima happy to have a role

Good run: North Melbourne's Nathan Grima missed the opening seven rounds this year but has been a fixture in the side since.

Martin Blake After a nightmare spell of injuries, the Roos defender is making the most of his comeback.

Forward thinking

Sydney's Jesse White in action.

Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.

Back-line players need greater recognition

Martin Blake The clubs are not perfect in rewarding their defenders, but they are at least on to it.

Stynes to be honoured with annual award

Jim Stynes

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.

AFL

AFL creates Stynes Award

Jim Stynes

Martin Blake The late Jim Stynes' community work will be honoured by the AFL on Brownlow Medal night.

Blake's progress: a tale of survival

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

Martin Blake Twice this season, Jason Blake has played pivotal parts in St Kilda wins.

AFL

Gold digger

Tyson Goldsack.

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.