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.

AFL

AFL moves to allay fears weather will stop grand final parade

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.

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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AFL

Cats, Magpies recall big guns for grand final replay

Collingwood defender Chris Tarrant during a training session at Gosch's Paddock.

Jesse Hogan and Martin Blake Teams for grand final rematch will bear strong resemblance to last year's decider.

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.

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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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Beams me up, Pie rising

Dayne Beams

Martin Blake Dayne Beams is grabbing his opportunity to shine with both hands and earning plaudits all round.

Rocket power

Rodney Eade

Martin Blake and Jon Pierik Rodney Eade a potential candidate, Scott Burns endorsed as coach-in-waiting after Matthew Primus quits Port Adelaide.

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Good man to have back

Marching on: Sean Dempster is feeling good.

Martin Blake Sean Dempster is taking the game on and he and St Kilda are benefiting.

Forward thinking

Sydney's Jesse White in action.

Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.

Pies know the score and it must get better

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Martin Blake If Collingwood has problems, then some perspective is required.

Buckley stands by his under-siege forwards

Nathan Buckley

Martin Blake Nathan Buckley is not happy with his two key forwards, Travis Cloke and Chris Dawes. But he believes they have copped too much of the focus since last weekend's defeat by North Melbourne.

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.

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.

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.

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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Swans set to end Magpies' streak

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Martin Blake Everyone falls in love with the qualifying final winners and dumps the losers, but recent history shows that it is not necessarily a good guide to the preliminary finals.

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Preliminary discussions: Part three

Martin Blake Travis Cloke is the one. He has a history of troubling Sydney and is key to the Pie's chances.

Football

Oh brother, a family's dilemma

Ben Reid

Martin Blake For the Reid family of Bright, it will inevitably be a bitter-sweet preliminary final day.