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.

Vote magnet in medal tilt again

Martin Blake Could Dane Swan win the Brownlow Medal for a second year in a row?

Beams me up, Pie rising

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Martin Blake Dayne Beams is grabbing his opportunity to shine with both hands and earning plaudits all round.

Collingwood won't be playing tag with Hawk midfield aces

Collingwood Magpie Scott Pendlebury.

Martin Blake Magpies star says winning the contested ball will be the key to the qualifying final.

Shock as All-Australian squad named

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Martin Blake Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson and Western Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd are among the unlucky players who missed out on All-Australian squad selection yesterday.

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Swans set to end Magpies' streak

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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.

AFL

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.

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

Buckley's list just goes on and on

Nathan Buckley with Alan Didak

Martin Blake Collingwood is football's hydra. Cut someone down in black and white and another pops up, hungrier and just as dangerous.

The Blair hitch project

Pocket dynamo: Jarryd Blair defies the tall midfielder trend of modern football.

Martin Blake A vertically challenged Magpie bucks the system to leave a sizeable footprint on the big stage.

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Footy looks to shake the tag

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Martin Blake In the Mick Malthouse reign at Collingwood, the Magpies stopped using taggers.