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.

Franklin back as Hawthorn ups the ante

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...

A marvellous 'mockbuster'

Brett Harvey

Martin Blake North and Freo to star in off-Broadway hit, writes Martin Blake.

Freo may face probe

Kepler Bradley is helped off the ground after a head clash.

Martin Blake Two players put back on field after suffering heavy knocks and possible concussion.

Docker upset locks in top eight

Fremantle's Hayden Ballentyne is chased by Liam Anthony.

Martin Blake Fremantle has turned the lower half of the top eight upside down.

MCG travel bug won't go away

The MCG.

Martin Blake Four Victorian clubs have made the finals and four from outside the game's heartland.

Pies dump US recruit

Shae McNamara

Martin Blake As AFL continues push into US for players, poster boy for campaign out of a job.

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No regrets as Bombers veteran McVeigh calls it a day

Essendon's Mark McVeigh

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.

Lawmakers look again at interchanges

Interchange area

Martin Blake The AFL's war on congestion in the game is to be ramped up in October when the laws committee decides whether to alter the interchange rules again.

McVeigh hangs up boots

Mark McVeigh

Martin Blake For the best part of a decade, Mark ''Spike'' McVeigh and James Hird had a ritual as players. Before each game, they paired off and hammered footballs at each other to spark up.

Blues battlers to the end

Departing Carlton coach Brett Ratten

Martin Blake Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.

Collingwood won't be playing tag with Hawk midfield aces

Collingwood Magpie Scott Pendlebury.

Martin Blake Magpies star says winning the contested ball will be the key to the qualifying final.

Stevie J pays a high price

Steve Johnson.

Martin Blake Surely the Steve Johnson bump on Dan Hannebery does not constitute a reportable offence?

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Dawes finds an opening as Magpies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

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...

AFL

Dawes finds an opening as Pies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final.

AFL

Clash of the big birds guaranteed titanic

Adam Goodes

Martin Blake For reasons that are not all that clear, Sydney has a problem with the Adelaide Crows.

From Scarlett to purple

Down and out: Matthew Scarlett leads the grim-faced Cats off the MCG last night.

Martin Blake Fremantle pulls off the most momentous win of its 18-year history in the AFL.

North v West - which direction?

West Coast v North Melbourne

Martin Blake The Kangaroos will be seeking space, but they are likely to find it occupied by the Eagles.

Hayes is St Kilda's best

Lenny Hayes.

Martin Blake Lenny Hayes has won his third Trevor Barker Award as St Kilda's best and fairest player.

Lyon gets quick results with Freo

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon

Martin Blake Ross Lyon and Fremantle are working well together, writes Martin Blake.

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AFL

Communication poor on suspensions: Demetriou

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

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.

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