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.

Hayes is St Kilda's best

Lenny Hayes.

Martin Blake Lenny Hayes has won his third Trevor Barker Award as St Kilda's best and fairest player.

AFL

St Kilda, Sydney in Anzac Day clash in NZ

The Saints will play the Swans on Anzac Day next year in New Zealand.

Martin Blake AFL admits success or failure of St Kilda's Wellington venture could determine whether the league tries to put a team in New Zealand.

Lyon gets quick results with Freo

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon

Martin Blake Ross Lyon and Fremantle are working well together, writes Martin Blake.

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AFL

Communication poor on suspensions: Demetriou

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

Martin Blake Andrew Demetriou admits that the AFL's match review panel and judiciary system is imperfect, but insists that it is better than the old system.

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Pies ignite after early denial to secure top four berth

AFL.First Semi-Final.Collingwood v West Coast.Eagle's Eric MacKenzie battles with Collingwood's Travis Cloke at the MCG.15 September 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Martin Blake COLLINGWOOD are into their fourth preliminary final in a row after a tough and emotional 13-point win over West Coast at the MCG last night.

Swans set to end Magpies' streak

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Martin Blake Everyone falls in love with the qualifying final winners and dumps the losers, but recent history shows that it is not necessarily a good guide to the preliminary finals.

From cheers to tears for Magpies

Dane Swan

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.

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Preliminary discussions: Part three

Martin Blake Travis Cloke is the one. He has a history of troubling Sydney and is key to the Pie's chances.

Football

Oh brother, a family's dilemma

Ben Reid

Martin Blake For the Reid family of Bright, it will inevitably be a bitter-sweet preliminary final day.

Bloodlines run deep: Bolton set for his 300th game

Sydney's Jude Bolton

Martin Blake I GUESS Jude was always going to be tough. He had to be. Growing up with two sporty elder brothers, their grand finals and Test matches in the Ballarat backyard were brutal.

Schoe and tell: Hawks' most relieved man

Ryan Schoenmakers

Martin Blake Arguably the most relieved man at Hawthorn today was Ryan Schoenmakers, the Hawks' centre half-back whose brain-fade late in the final quarter gifted a goal to Adelaide's Jason Porplyzia and almost...

Football

Hawk puts brain fade behind him

Ryan Schoenmakers.

Martin Blake Arguably the most relieved man at Hawthorn yesterday was Ryan Schoenmakers, whose brain fade late in the final quarter almost cost his team a spot in the grand final.

Football

Hawks haunted by grand Swan

Josh Kennedy

Martin Blake Next Saturday, former Hawk Josh Kennedy presents arguably the biggest single threat to Hawthorn's quest for an 11th premiership.

Hawk Smith is an up-and-comer

Isaac Smith

Martin Blake Isaac Smith is determined to go with the flow in his first experience of grand final week.

No place to run, or hide

Buddy Franklin and Ted Richards

Martin Blake Ted Richards is the modern backman personified; adaptable, competitive and strong.

Brownlow quirks and oddities

Brownlow anomalies.

Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.

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Sewell to keep Hawkeye on Swan

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Josh Kennedy of the Swans gathers the ball under pressure from Brad Sewell of the Hawks during the AFL Second Semi Final match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 16, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Martin Blake Brad Sewell is the most likely marker for Josh Kennedy on Saturday.

AFL

AFL moves to allay fears weather will stop grand final parade

Rain

Martin Blake and Daniel Mackney Tomorrow's grand final parade will be cancelled if Melbourne's forecast bad weather is too inclement, AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has admitted.

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AFL moving on grand final twilight game

Andrew Demetriou and Gillon McLachlan.

Martin Blake The AFL continues to warm to the idea of a twilight grand final.

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