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.

Shock as All-Australian squad named

Martin Blake Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson and Western Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd are among the unlucky players who missed out on All-Australian squad selection yesterday.

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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Brownlow quirks and oddities

Brownlow anomalies.

Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.

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AFL

AFL moves to allay fears weather will stop grand final parade

Rain

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.

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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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Stynes to be honoured with annual award

Jim Stynes

Martin Blake AFL to honour the legacy of the late Jim Stynes with an annual award to be presented on Brownlow Medal night, starting this year.

AFL

AFL creates Stynes Award

Jim Stynes

Martin Blake The late Jim Stynes' community work will be honoured by the AFL on Brownlow Medal night.

AFL

Roos rocked as CEO hunt starts

James Brayshaw

Martin Blake North Melbourne's search for a new chief executive began yesterday as one former administrator accused chairman James Brayshaw's administration of being a ''boys' club'', and another mooted candidate...

AFL

Ratten joins chorus of dissent, but Hunt fine to stand

Josh Hunt stands on Eddie Betts' hand.

Martin Blake and Jared Lynch Carlton coach joins a chorus of discontent about the result of the Josh Hunt hand-stepping case.

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Gay footballers no problem: Demetriou and players speak up

Martin Blake and Jared Lynch Western Bulldogs defender Bob Murphy says there is a ''sick fascination'' about guessing how many AFL players are gay.

AFL boss slams indigenous 'risk'

Liam Jurrah

Michael Gleeson and Martin Blake AFL challenges suggestions of change in attitude to recruiting indigenous players.

Cats and Tigers fall to ill winds

Eyes on the ball: Geelong's Harry Taylor keeps the Sherrin in sight against Richmond's Jack Riewoldt.

Martin Blake It was a difficult day at Geelong, with an ill wind howling out of the north.