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.

Franklin back as Hawthorn ups the ante

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...

Wake up Dons: season is slipping by

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Martin Blake A top-four spot is probably already out of the question, for Essendon this season.

Baby steps as Bombers on the mend

Dustin Fletcher

Martin Blake Essendon keeps taking two steps back for each step forward in the injury stakes.

'Boomer' blitz fires the Roos

Bounding: Brent Harvey (left) proved a handful for Michael Hibberd, kicking three goals in as many minutes.

Martin Blake For half a game, Essendon and North Melbourne played footy from the 1970s.

Football

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.

AFL

Tonight's NAB Cup games

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

AFL

Bombers team still not settled

James Hird, coach of the Bombers.

Martin Blake A day out from the Anzac Day blockbuster against Collingwood James Hird is still pondering his 22 for Essendon.

Football

Big job for small Pie

Collingwood's Kirk Ugle.

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...

AFL

Pies no fans of review

Blair

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.

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Back-line players need greater recognition

Martin Blake The clubs are not perfect in rewarding their defenders, but they are at least on to it.

Ratten upset some players didn't stand up

Heading for home: Carlton's Eddie Betts swings into attack ahead of Giants' Adam Kennedy as Jeff Garlett gets a grip.

Martin Blake Disappointed coach gives his team a mark of only five out of 10.

Football

Magpies call up two more rookies

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09: Jamie Elliott of the Magpies is tackled by Graham Johncock of the Crows during the round three NAB Cup match between the Adelaide Crows and the Collingwood Magpies at AAMI Stadium on March 9, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Martin Blake Injuries have forced Collingwood's hand again as it confronts white-hot Adelaide this weekend.