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 AFL umpires' boss Jeff Gieschen has ticked off eight of the nine controversial deliberate out-of-bounds decisions from last Friday night's game in Perth, defending the actions of the umpires.
Martin Blake But the decision that sparked most of their ire was deemed to be wrong.
Martin Blake AFL umpiring department gives tick to one of two controversial decisions in Sydney-Geelong game.
Martin Blake, Sydney Sydney keeps on winning, relentlessly and impressively. You have to hand it to the top-of-the-table Swans.
Martin Blake Brendon Goddard's 200th game turns out to be one of his best for the Saints.
Martin Blake Could Dane Swan win the Brownlow Medal for a second year in a row?
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 Decision that appeared to cost St Kilda draw against Collingwood found to be wrong.
Martin Blake For half a game, Essendon and North Melbourne played footy from the 1970s.
Martin Blake Chris Scott's criticism of handling of West Coast-Geelong match draws a blank at AFL House.
Martin Blake This is a tale of team versus individual. Almost inevitably, the former wins. It is simple mathematics.
Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.
Jared Lynch, Martin Blake Western Bulldog Will Minson's reprieve at the AFL Tribunal for stomping has fractured opinion among leading club officials and commentators.
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.
Martin Blake Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.
Martin Blake COLLINGWOOD are into their fourth preliminary final in a row after a tough and emotional 13-point win over West Coast at the MCG last night.
Martin Blake Jobe Watson caps off his third consecutive outstanding year with the game's most prestigious and famous individual honour.
Martin Blake It was a difficult day at Geelong, with an ill wind howling out of the north.
Martin Blake Collingwood beat Essendon on a video review of Jarryd Blair's clinching goal, but coach Nathan Buckley is not happy with the AFL's new system of checking goal umpire's decisions.
Martin Blake AFL dismisses notion of a hand-of-God goal by Collingwood's Jarryd Blair on Anzac Day, and is pushing on with its technological assistance for goal umpires, despite some heavy criticism.