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 Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.
Martin Blake Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson and Western Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd are among the unlucky players who missed out on All-Australian squad selection yesterday.
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.
Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.
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 North Melbourne vice-captain Drew Petrie is facing an AFL sanction over public criticism of the AFL tribunal, but the Kangaroos have accepted they can go no further in defending midfielder Jack...
Martin Blake Could Dane Swan win the Brownlow Medal for a second year in a row?
Martin Blake Essendon will put its season on the line by fielding its best on-paper team for a month.
Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.
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 Brett Ratten believes his midfield will deliver victory, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Seamless is the best description for Dyson Heppell's entry to the big stage of AFL football.
Martin Blake Disappointed coach gives his team a mark of only five out of 10.
Martin Blake Twice this season, Jason Blake has played pivotal parts in St Kilda wins.
Martin Blake A win against fancied Carlton has St Kilda inside the top eight.
Martin Blake Tom Scully is going to a place a few have been before him, and none found it pleasant.
Martin Blake OK, so the most attractive game's already come and gone, in Perth last night.
Martin Blake Hawthorn defeats Carlton by 50 points without even breaking stride, piling on seven first-quarter goals to set it up.