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.

Wake up Dons: season is slipping by

Martin Blake A top-four spot is probably already out of the question, for Essendon this season.

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...

Baby steps as Bombers on the mend

Dustin Fletcher

Martin Blake Essendon keeps taking two steps back for each step forward in the injury stakes.

Football

Bombers close to full strength for decider

Essendon's Patrick Ryder battles with Carlton's Shaun Hampson.

Martin Blake Essendon will put its season on the line by fielding its best on-paper team for a month.

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.

Football

Bombers fall short as Swans soar

.Essendon's Patrick Ryder battles with Sydney's Shane Mumford at Etihad.

Martin Blake The AFL's surprise new ladder-leader, Sydney, beat Essendon by four points in one of the games of the season.

Milne inspires Saints

Getaway: Stephen Milne gets away from Michael Hibberd for one of his five goals.

Martin Blake This was Stephen Milne's night and St Kilda's night, unequivocally.

Saints upset Bombers in thumping win

Stephen Milne and Nick Riewoldt

Martin Blake TWO moments encapsulated this game, both in the third quarter when St Kilda was on the verge of finally breaking Essendon's spirit.

Martin Blake

Footy looks to shake the tag

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Martin Blake In the Mick Malthouse reign at Collingwood, the Magpies stopped using taggers.