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 Ted Richards is the modern backman personified; adaptable, competitive and strong.
Martin Blake Brad Sewell is the most likely marker for Josh Kennedy on Saturday.
Martin Blake, Sydney St Kilda rueing what coach Scott Watters calls a ''lost opportunity'' after a late fade-out.
Martin Blake St Kilda on track for a small profit in 2012, and Saints taking old-school approach to raising money.
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.
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.
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...
Martin Blake Brendon Goddard's 200th game turns out to be one of his best for the Saints.
Martin Blake Three consecutive defeats by less than a goal will test the patience of any fan.
Martin Blake For Carlton, the Waite-ing was over. Jarrad Waite made his return to a navy blue guernsey. But the waiting for a finals berth and a recovering from this cursed season is effectively over, and that...
Martin Blake and Jon Pierik Rodney Eade a potential candidate, Scott Burns endorsed as coach-in-waiting after Matthew Primus quits Port Adelaide.
Martin Blake Essendon keeps taking two steps back for each step forward in the injury stakes.
Martin Blake and Jake Niall Collingwood's hard-line decision based on a season-long ban on drinking alcohol six days before a game.
Martin Blake After a nightmare spell of injuries, the Roos defender is making the most of his comeback.
Martin Blake In AFL footy, they don't do an FA Cup-style rags-to-riches thing. No fairytale stories like West Ham's triumph in 1980 from second division.
Martin Blake The Carlton senior assistant coach retains an ambition to coach at the highest level.
Martin Blake Essendon will put its season on the line by fielding its best on-paper team for a month.
Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake If Collingwood has problems, then some perspective is required.
Martin Blake The bad news for Carlton is that the Blues need to win both their remaining games to play finals.