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.

From cheers to tears for Magpies

Martin Blake Emotional Collingwood players broke down in tears in the MCG dressing rooms last night as the death of former teammate John McCarthy hit home and they willed themselves into a preliminary final for...

AFL

State of mind gives Pies the wood over Swans

Collingwood beats the Swans in round 20.

Martin Blake Collingwood's streak over Sydney looms large, writes Martin Blake.

Football

Winderlich back as Bombers test the best

Jason Winderlich is set to make his return from injury.

Martin Blake Winless Essendon picks its strongest possible squad for tomorrow's NAB Cup match against Sydney.

AFL

Tonight's NAB Cup games

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

AFL

Magpie injury crisis deepens: Shaw, Thomas sidelined

Heath Shaw

Martin Blake Collingwood's injury crisis has hit epic proportions, with Heath Shaw and Dale Thomas breaking down with hamstring strains.

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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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Five questions for Anzac Day

Fighting fit? Essendon coach James Hird talks to Courtenay Dempsey and Nathan Lovett-Murray.

Martin Blake Injuries will test the depth of both clubs, writes Martin Blake.

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AFL

Didak still waiting for senior recall

Collingwood's Alan Didak

Martin Blake For a fourth consecutive week, Collingwood has declined the temptation to include Alan Didak in its senior team.

Pies, Cats up for rematch

Geelong's Tom Hawkins battles with Collingwood's Ben Reid.

Martin Blake Eight months ago on the biggest stage the game offers, two young men hit flashpoints.

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Football

Magpies call up two more rookies

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09: Jamie Elliott of the Magpies is tackled by Graham Johncock of the Crows during the round three NAB Cup match between the Adelaide Crows and the Collingwood Magpies at AAMI Stadium on March 9, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Martin Blake Injuries have forced Collingwood's hand again as it confronts white-hot Adelaide this weekend.

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.

AFL

Gold digger

Tyson Goldsack.

Martin Blake Tyson Goldsack has had a 10-out-of-10 season. He has played all 10 senior games for Collingwood, a step forward for a player who has never quite established himself in six years of football.

AFL

Buckley's list just goes on and on

Nathan Buckley with Alan Didak

Martin Blake Collingwood is football's hydra. Cut someone down in black and white and another pops up, hungrier and just as dangerous.

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.