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 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 A top-four spot is probably already out of the question, for Essendon this season.
Martin Blake Essendon keeps taking two steps back for each step forward in the injury stakes.
Martin Blake For half a game, Essendon and North Melbourne played footy from the 1970s.
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 A day out from the Anzac Day blockbuster against Collingwood James Hird is still pondering his 22 for Essendon.
Martin Blake and Jesse Hogan Kirk Ugle is this year's Anzac Day project player. In the spirit of the clubs giving a young player his debut on the biggest of home-and-away stages, Ugle, 19, was the surprise inclusion in...
Martin Blake Collingwood beat Essendon on a video review of Jarryd Blair's clinching goal, but coach Nathan Buckley is not happy with the AFL's new system of checking goal umpire's decisions.
Martin Blake The clubs are not perfect in rewarding their defenders, but they are at least on to it.
Martin Blake Disappointed coach gives his team a mark of only five out of 10.
Martin Blake Injuries have forced Collingwood's hand again as it confronts white-hot Adelaide this weekend.