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 Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final against Hawthorn at the MCG tonight after the out-of-form ruck-forward was dropped for the last round of the...
Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final.
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.
Martin Blake Collingwood's streak over Sydney looms large, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake If Collingwood has problems, then some perspective is required.
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 and Peter Hanlon Darren Jolly's whack at Neale Daniher has attracted the ire of the AFL Coaches Association.
Martin Blake Lance Franklin is beloved by the masses, but not necessarily by the umpires.
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 has a selection dilemma with three top players proving their fitness and available for the potential grand final preview against West Coast at the MCG on Saturday.
Martin Blake Collingwood is pondering a two-ruckman policy for just the second time this season.
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 AFL dismisses notion of a hand-of-God goal by Collingwood's Jarryd Blair on Anzac Day, and is pushing on with its technological assistance for goal umpires, despite some heavy criticism.
Martin Blake Dale Thomas is on track to make his return to Collingwood's team at the Gabba on Saturday.
Jesse Hogan and Martin Blake Teams for grand final rematch will bear strong resemblance to last year's decider.