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.

Hawk Smith is an up-and-comer

Isaac Smith

Martin Blake Isaac Smith is determined to go with the flow in his first experience of grand final week.

No place to run, or hide

Buddy Franklin and Ted Richards

Martin Blake Ted Richards is the modern backman personified; adaptable, competitive and strong.

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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Sewell to keep Hawkeye on Swan

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Josh Kennedy of the Swans gathers the ball under pressure from Brad Sewell of the Hawks during the AFL Second Semi Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 16, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Martin Blake Brad Sewell is the most likely marker for Josh Kennedy on Saturday.

AFL

AFL moves to allay fears weather will stop grand final parade

Rain

Martin Blake and Daniel Mackney Tomorrow's grand final parade will be cancelled if Melbourne's forecast bad weather is too inclement, AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has admitted.

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AFL moving on grand final twilight game

Andrew Demetriou and Gillon McLachlan.

Martin Blake The AFL continues to warm to the idea of a twilight grand final.

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Football

Malceski's snap is one for the ages

Sydney's Nick Malceski kicks the final goal of the match to give Sydney the premiership.

Martin Blake Sydney half-back Nick Malceski took centre stage in the final act of the classic.

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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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.

Vote magnet in medal tilt again

Dane Swan

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

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.

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Can the Hawks end the hoodoo?

Geelong v Hawthorn

Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.

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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.