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.

Pies ignite after early denial to secure top four berth

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

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

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...

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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Football

Bombers close to full strength for decider

Essendon's Patrick Ryder battles with Carlton's Shaun Hampson.

Martin Blake Essendon will put its season on the line by fielding its best on-paper team for a month.

Football

Steely Dees ground Pies

Open wide: Collingwood's Heath Shaw spoils Michael Hartley.

Martin Blake Melbourne was the better team all night; only poor conversion stopped it from dominating.

Football

Pies ban Wellingham for two matches

Collingwood AFL training at Goschs Paddock in Melbourne  - Sharrod Wellingham
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Wednesday the 29th of February 2012

Michael Gleeson and Martin Blake Collingwood has decided to suspend premiership midfielder Sharrod Wellingham.

AFL

Magpie injury crisis deepens: Shaw, Thomas sidelined

Heath Shaw

Martin Blake Collingwood's injury crisis has hit epic proportions, with Heath Shaw and Dale Thomas breaking down with hamstring strains.

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Football

Magpie injury crisis deepens

Dale Thomas

Martin Blake A phlegmatic Collingwood is dealing with its worst injury blight in years as another two star players went down yesterday.

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Five questions for Anzac Day

Fighting fit? Essendon coach James Hird talks to Courtenay Dempsey and Nathan Lovett-Murray.

Martin Blake Injuries will test the depth of both clubs, writes Martin Blake.

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AFL

Didak still waiting for senior recall

Collingwood's Alan Didak

Martin Blake For a fourth consecutive week, Collingwood has declined the temptation to include Alan Didak in its senior team.

Football

Magpies ace Thomas set to return for Lions clash

Dale Thomas during the Magpie's recovery session.

Martin Blake Dale Thomas is on track to make his return to Collingwood's team at the Gabba on Saturday.

AFL

Cats, Magpies recall big guns for grand final replay

Collingwood defender Chris Tarrant during a training session at Gosch's Paddock.

Jesse Hogan and Martin Blake Teams for grand final rematch will bear strong resemblance to last year's decider.

AFL

Magpies sitting pretty with percentage boost

Winners are grinners: Collingwood's Alan Didak is all smiles.

Martin Blake Collingwood gives itself an important percentage boost by flogging Gold Coast at the MCG last night, despite an injury scare involving Scott Pendlebury.

AFL

Gold digger

Tyson Goldsack.

Martin Blake Tyson Goldsack has had a 10-out-of-10 season. He has played all 10 senior games for Collingwood, a step forward for a player who has never quite established himself in six years of football.