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.

Hodge back for Hawks

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge

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

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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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.

Martin Blake

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.

Schoe and tell: Hawks' most relieved man

Ryan Schoenmakers

Martin Blake Arguably the most relieved man at Hawthorn today was Ryan Schoenmakers, the Hawks' centre half-back whose brain-fade late in the final quarter gifted a goal to Adelaide's Jason Porplyzia and almost...

Football

Hawk puts brain fade behind him

Ryan Schoenmakers.

Martin Blake Arguably the most relieved man at Hawthorn yesterday was Ryan Schoenmakers, whose brain fade late in the final quarter almost cost his team a spot in the grand final.

Early-bird Crows get reward for effort

Adelaide with the NAB Cup

Martin Blake All clubs have different agendas for the pre-season, writes Martin Blake.

Sydney bridges gap

Swan Ted Richards gets ready to handball as Adam Goodes arrives in support.

Martin Blake Alastair Clarkson talks up Swans' premiership credentials after Hawthorn's second-half collapse.

Clarkson hits out at draw as Hawks rue tough start

Defeat: Hawthorn's Luke Hodge in action against the Swans yesterday. The Hawks have endured a tough start to the season but may have an easier road ahead.

Martin Blake, Launceston Hawthorn's tough draw to start the season displeases coach Alastair Clarkson.

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Lewis gives Hawks vital morale boost

Martin Blake Hawthorn vice-captain tells teammates to view defeat by Sydney in proper perspective.

Hawks put blowtorch on Ratten

Hawthorn v Carlton

Martin Blake Hawthorn defeats Carlton by 50 points without even breaking stride, piling on seven first-quarter goals to set it up.