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.

Blues battlers to the end

Martin Blake Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.

Manager apologises for blast over ban

Chris Judd

Martin Blake, Matt Murnane Leading player manager Paul Connors has been forced into a public apology after his strident criticism of an ''interfering'' AFL, as the fallout from the Chris Judd suspension swirled yesterday.

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Henderson's year over

Carlton's Lachie Henderson.

Martin Blake Carlton has lost key-position player Lachie Henderson for the season.

Zero chance of complacency, says Ratten

Brett Ratten

Martin Blake The bad news for Carlton is that the Blues need to win both their remaining games to play finals.

Reprieve divides the experts

Western Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson.

Jared Lynch, Martin Blake Western Bulldog Will Minson's reprieve at the AFL Tribunal for stomping has fractured opinion among leading club officials and commentators.

Football

Another casualty for Blues

AFL Round 18. Essendon vs Carlton at the MCG.
Blues midfielder Mitch Robinson in action.
Melbourne. 23 July 2011.
Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Martin Blake Carlton's hard-nosed midfielder Mitch Robinson has joined the pre-season casualty list.

Blues bomb out in NAB Cup but coach stays upbeat

Martin Blake A MONTH ago, Carlton was being touted as a premiership contender. Four weeks on, the Blues have all but doused that particular flame themselves.

AFL

Blues bomb out in NAB Cup, but coach stays upbeat

Chris Judd.

Martin Blake A month ago, Carlton was being touted as a premiership contender.

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.

AFL

How can Carlton stop Jumpin' Jack?

Mine, all mine... Jack Riewoldt marks during last year's round one game against the Blues at the MCG.

Martin Blake Brett Ratten believes his midfield will deliver victory, writes Martin Blake.

AFL

Dees dump Watts for Cats clash

Jack Watts

Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.

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Ratten upset some players didn't stand up

Heading for home: Carlton's Eddie Betts swings into attack ahead of Giants' Adam Kennedy as Jeff Garlett gets a grip.

Martin Blake Disappointed coach gives his team a mark of only five out of 10.

We've lost our spark, says Ratten

An animated Brett Ratten speaks to his players at three-quarter time.

Martin Blake and Michael Gleeson Carlton coach threatens changes after Blues surprisingly beaten by Saints.

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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Carlton trio fined for tweets critical of umpires

Carlton footballer Marc Murphy

Martin Blake But the decision that sparked most of their ire was deemed to be wrong.

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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.

AFL

From pretenders to contenders in five easy steps

Martin Blake Martin Blake finds ways Carlton can conjure a miracle against Collingwood tonight

AFL

Fledgling Blue gets thrown to the wolves

Brett Ratten and Andrew McInnes.

Martin Blake AT THE height of his dramas, Brett Ratten has punted on a first-gamer for Carlton's season-defining game against Collingwood at the MCG tonight.

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