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.

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.

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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AFL

Tonight's NAB Cup games

Martin Blake A preview of tonight's NAB Cup matches, Essendon vs Sydney and Collingwood vs Adelaide.

Football

Pies ban Wellingham for two matches

Collingwood AFL training at Goschs Paddock in Melbourne  - Sharrod Wellingham
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Wednesday the 29th of February 2012

Michael Gleeson and Martin Blake Collingwood has decided to suspend premiership midfielder Sharrod Wellingham.

Football

Magpie injury crisis deepens

Dale Thomas

Martin Blake A phlegmatic Collingwood is dealing with its worst injury blight in years as another two star players went down yesterday.

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Football

Magpies ace Thomas set to return for Lions clash

Dale Thomas during the Magpie's recovery session.

Martin Blake Dale Thomas is on track to make his return to Collingwood's team at the Gabba on Saturday.

AFL

Magpies sitting pretty with percentage boost

Winners are grinners: Collingwood's Alan Didak is all smiles.

Martin Blake Collingwood gives itself an important percentage boost by flogging Gold Coast at the MCG last night, despite an injury scare involving Scott Pendlebury.

Pies ponder problem of a different kind

Heath Shaw

Martin Blake Collingwood has a selection dilemma with three top players proving their fitness and available for the potential grand final preview against West Coast at the MCG on Saturday.

Football

Magpies tackle Eagles ruck

Heath Shaw

Martin Blake Collingwood is pondering a two-ruckman policy for just the second time this season.

Yappy go lucky

Stephen Milne

Martin Blake Stephen Milne always plays to his strengths, writes Martin Blake.

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