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 Magpies star says winning the contested ball will be the key to the qualifying final.
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.
Martin Blake Nathan Buckley is not happy with his two key forwards, Travis Cloke and Chris Dawes. But he believes they have copped too much of the focus since last weekend's defeat by North Melbourne.
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...
Martin Blake Brownlow medallist Dane Swan has been suspended by Collingwood after a night out.
Martin Blake and Jake Niall Collingwood's hard-line decision based on a season-long ban on drinking alcohol six days before a game.
Martin Blake North Melbourne defender says Melbourne-raised players have tougher task to reach league's high professional standards.
Martin Blake Dayne Beams is grabbing his opportunity to shine with both hands and earning plaudits all round.
Martin Blake In the Mick Malthouse reign at Collingwood, the Magpies stopped using taggers.
Martin Blake Could Dane Swan win the Brownlow Medal for a second year in a row?
Martin Blake Melbourne was the better team all night; only poor conversion stopped it from dominating.
Martin Blake Melbourne secures the best win of new coach Mark Neeld's fledgling career by surprising Collingwood.
Martin Blake Winless Essendon picks its strongest possible squad for tomorrow's NAB Cup match against Sydney.
Martin Blake A preview of tonight's NAB Cup matches, Essendon vs Sydney and Collingwood vs Adelaide.
Martin Blake The clubs are not perfect in rewarding their defenders, but they are at least on to it.
Martin Blake It used to be known as the 'loose man in defence'. Now it has become the 'plus-one' system.
Martin Blake Injuries have forced Collingwood's hand again as it confronts white-hot Adelaide this weekend.
Martin Blake Clint Jones will have slept easily last night. He will have known his opponent for tonight's game against Richmond, most likely Trent Cotchin, and that he is required to lock down on him for the sake...
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.
Martin Blake Collingwood is football's hydra. Cut someone down in black and white and another pops up, hungrier and just as dangerous.