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.

Martin Blake

Can the Hawks end the hoodoo?

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

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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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.

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.

Bloodlines run deep: Bolton set for his 300th game

Sydney's Jude Bolton

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.

Football

Hawks haunted by grand Swan

Josh Kennedy

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

No place to run, or hide

Buddy Franklin and Ted Richards

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

Fiery Goddard embraces calmer side

Here, catch: Brendon Goddard prepares for his 200th game on Sunday.

Martin Blake When Brendon Goddard was suspended recently, he had a heart-to-heart chat with his coach.

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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.

New Dog, new tricks

Martin Blake Western Bulldogs will have a new look when they begin their 2012 campaign at Blacktown.

Football

Big job for small Pie

Collingwood's Kirk Ugle.

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...

AFL

Dees dump Watts for Cats clash

Jack Watts

Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.

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Saints embrace tall order against Blues

Rhys Stanley is having to shoulder extra responsibility.

Martin Blake Under Grant Thomas, St Kilda did not particularly rate the importance of ruckmen.

AFL

Watts only a chance to play for Demons

Jack Watts kicks a goal.

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

Swan Luke

Sydney Swans player, Luke Parker, currently one of the best young players in the comp. 10th May 2012
Photograph by Dallas Kilponen

Martin Blake Luke Parker is flying under the radar at Sydney, writes Martin Blake.

AFL

New step forward for embattled Bomber

Scott Gumbleton.

Martin Blake Scott Gumbleton is about to take another short step along the road back to AFL football.

The need for speed

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

Martin Blake The arrival of Terry Milera and Ahmed Saad has had an immediate impact on St Kilda.

Football

Magpies call up two more rookies

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09: Jamie Elliott of the Magpies is tackled by Graham Johncock of the Crows during the round three NAB Cup match between the Adelaide Crows and the Collingwood Magpies at AAMI Stadium on March 9, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Martin Blake Injuries have forced Collingwood's hand again as it confronts white-hot Adelaide this weekend.

Football

Dees dump big names

Davey

Martin Blake and Matt Murnane Mark Neeld last night reacted savagely to the thrashing in Sydney, dumping veteran players.

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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.