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 When Brendon Goddard was suspended recently, he had a heart-to-heart chat with his coach.
Martin Blake Ben McEvoy has played in a grand final and lost. He'll use it to help St Kilda into a new era.
Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.
Martin Blake As AFL continues push into US for players, poster boy for campaign out of a job.
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.
Martin Blake Lenny Hayes has won his third Trevor Barker Award as St Kilda's best and fairest player.
Martin Blake I GUESS Jude was always going to be tough. He had to be. Growing up with two sporty elder brothers, their grand finals and Test matches in the Ballarat backyard were brutal.
Martin Blake Next Saturday, former Hawk Josh Kennedy presents arguably the biggest single threat to Hawthorn's quest for an 11th premiership.
Martin Blake Ted Richards is the modern backman personified; adaptable, competitive and strong.
Martin Blake and Jesse Hogan Kirk Ugle is this year's Anzac Day project player. In the spirit of the clubs giving a young player his debut on the biggest of home-and-away stages, Ugle, 19, was the surprise inclusion in...
Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.
Martin Blake Under Grant Thomas, St Kilda did not particularly rate the importance of ruckmen.
Martin Blake Melbourne coach Mark Neeld said today centre half-forward Jack Watts would be "in the mix" for a return to the team for tomorrow's game against Hawthorn, but would not guarantee it.
Martin Blake Luke Parker is flying under the radar at Sydney, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Scott Gumbleton is about to take another short step along the road back to AFL football.
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 Twice this season, Jason Blake has played pivotal parts in St Kilda wins.
Martin Blake Tom Scully is going to a place a few have been before him, and none found it pleasant.