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.

Crucial free to O'Brien ruled 'wrong'

Harry O'Brien goes for a mark in the final moments against St Kilda while Stephen Milne (44) lurks.

Martin Blake Decision that appeared to cost St Kilda draw against Collingwood found to be wrong.

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Franklin back as Hawthorn ups the ante

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin

Martin Blake LANCE Franklin's long-awaited return from a hamstring injury and illness, along with the inclusion of former captain Sam Mitchell and Josh Gibson, gives Hawthorn an imposing look for the...

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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.

AFL

Watts only a chance to play for Demons

Jack Watts kicks a goal.

Martin Blake Melbourne coach Mark Neeld said today centre half-forward Jack Watts would be "in the mix" for a return to the team for tomorrow's game against Hawthorn, but would not guarantee it.

AFL

High anxiety in AFL

Tackle

Jon Pierik, Martin Blake, Jared Lynch Umpires boss Jeff Gieschen says Eagles playing up high tackles to win free kicks.

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Happy and victorious

Hawks fly: Matthew Suckling kicks a goal in Hawthorn's big win over Fremantle at Aurora Stadium yesterday.

Martin Blake, Launceston Clint Young sang the club song with his brother, and they were a happy team at Hawthorn again.

AFL

Fighting Hawks look the real deal

Happy Hawthorn players

Martin Blake, Launceston Hawthorn's season back on track after Alistair Clarkson's team monsters Fremantle.

Five reasons to watch the footy in a dud round

Luke Dahlhaus, Cyril Rioli, Lance Franklin and Jonathon Patton

Martin Blake OK, so the most attractive game's already come and gone, in Perth last night.

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No 'Buddy' worries for Hawthorn

Got him: Hawthorn's Brad Sewell is tackled by Bulldog Ryan Griffen.

Martin Blake Hawthorn, minus Lance Franklin and Luke Hodge, hammers the Bulldogs.