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.

Dawes finds an opening as Magpies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

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...

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Dawes finds an opening as Pies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final.

Pies ignite after early denial to secure top four berth

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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.

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State of mind gives Pies the wood over Swans

Collingwood beats the Swans in round 20.

Martin Blake Collingwood's streak over Sydney looms large, writes Martin Blake.

Pies know the score and it must get better

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Martin Blake If Collingwood has problems, then some perspective is required.

Buckley stands by his under-siege forwards

Nathan Buckley

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.

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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All black and white, a great win for Demons

Melbourne's James Magner bobbed up everywhere.

Martin Blake Melbourne secures the best win of new coach Mark Neeld's fledgling career by surprising Collingwood.

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Winderlich back as Bombers test the best

Jason Winderlich is set to make his return from injury.

Martin Blake Winless Essendon picks its strongest possible squad for tomorrow's NAB Cup match against Sydney.

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Tonight's NAB Cup games

Martin Blake A preview of tonight's NAB Cup matches, Essendon vs Sydney and Collingwood vs Adelaide.

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AFL adamant goal videos working

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jolly's Daniher blast raises ire of coaches

Neale Daniher

Martin Blake and Peter Hanlon Darren Jolly's whack at Neale Daniher has attracted the ire of the AFL Coaches Association.

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Hawk Franklin gets damned by free kicks

Mixed bag: Lance Franklin is having a frustrating season.

Martin Blake Lance Franklin is beloved by the masses, but not necessarily by the umpires.

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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.

Pies ponder problem of a different kind

Heath Shaw

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.

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Magpies tackle Eagles ruck

Heath Shaw

Martin Blake Collingwood is pondering a two-ruckman policy for just the second time this season.