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.
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.
Martin Blake Carlton has lost key-position player Lachie Henderson for the season.
Martin Blake The bad news for Carlton is that the Blues need to win both their remaining games to play finals.
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.
Martin Blake Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.
Martin Blake Carlton's hard-nosed midfielder Mitch Robinson has joined the pre-season casualty list.
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.
Martin Blake A month ago, Carlton was being touted as a premiership contender.
Martin Blake All clubs have different agendas for the pre-season, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Brett Ratten believes his midfield will deliver victory, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.
Martin Blake Disappointed coach gives his team a mark of only five out of 10.
Martin Blake and Michael Gleeson Carlton coach threatens changes after Blues surprisingly beaten by Saints.
Martin Blake and Jared Lynch Carlton coach joins a chorus of discontent about the result of the Josh Hunt hand-stepping case.
Martin Blake But the decision that sparked most of their ire was deemed to be wrong.
Martin Blake Hawthorn defeats Carlton by 50 points without even breaking stride, piling on seven first-quarter goals to set it up.
Martin Blake Martin Blake finds ways Carlton can conjure a miracle against Collingwood tonight