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.

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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.

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.

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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Petrie in hot water over tribunal criticism

Drew Petrie

Martin Blake North Melbourne vice-captain Drew Petrie is facing an AFL sanction over public criticism of the AFL tribunal, but the Kangaroos have accepted they can go no further in defending midfielder Jack...

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AFL

Bomber stars return

Essendon's bad start to 2010.

Martin Blake Essendon coach James Hird has spent the season with headaches at the selection table and a glut of injuries, but the Bombers are on the verge of pulling their full list together.

Swans just keep on winning

Flying high: Swan Craig Bird celebrates a goal against St Kilda at the SCG yesterday.

Martin Blake, Sydney Sydney keeps on winning, relentlessly and impressively. You have to hand it to the top-of-the-table Swans.

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.

Accidents can happen

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Martin Blake Scott Thompson was innocent and rightly was cleared by the AFL's match review panel.

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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

Swans keep rolling along

Lewis Jetta.

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...

Franklin back as Hawthorn ups the ante

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin

Martin Blake LANCE Franklin's long-awaited return from a hamstring injury and illness, along with the inclusion of former captain Sam Mitchell and Josh Gibson, gives Hawthorn an imposing look for the...

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Freo may face probe

Kepler Bradley is helped off the ground after a head clash.

Martin Blake Two players put back on field after suffering heavy knocks and possible concussion.

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.

Lawmakers look again at interchanges

Interchange area

Martin Blake The AFL's war on congestion in the game is to be ramped up in October when the laws committee decides whether to alter the interchange rules again.

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.

Dawes finds an opening as Magpies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final against Hawthorn at the MCG tonight after the out-of-form ruck-forward was dropped for the last round of the...

AFL

Dawes finds an opening as Pies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final.

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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