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.

Fiery Goddard embraces calmer side

Here, catch: Brendon Goddard prepares for his 200th game on Sunday.

Martin Blake When Brendon Goddard was suspended recently, he had a heart-to-heart chat with his coach.

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Forward thinking

Sydney's Jesse White in action.

Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.

AFL

Dees dump Watts for Cats clash

Jack Watts

Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.

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AFL

Watts only a chance to play for Demons

Jack Watts kicks a goal.

Martin Blake Melbourne coach Mark Neeld said today centre half-forward Jack Watts would be "in the mix" for a return to the team for tomorrow's game against Hawthorn, but would not guarantee it.

Five reasons to watch the footy in a dud round

Luke Dahlhaus, Cyril Rioli, Lance Franklin and Jonathon Patton

Martin Blake OK, so the most attractive game's already come and gone, in Perth last night.

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AFL

Mercurial Dees crush Giants

Former Demon Tom Scully

Martin Blake Melbourne under Mark Neeld is multi-faceted and adaptable, above all else.

Mercurial Dees crush Giants

Coming from behind: Giants forward Jeremy Cameron prepares to tackle Demon defender Jack Watts.

Martin Blake Melbourne under Mark Neeld is multi-faceted and adaptable, above all else.

Demons in remix after Clark loss

Even with Mitch Clark, Melbourne is scoring only 69 points a game - 16th in the competition.

Martin Blake The numbers indicate that Mitch Clark's loss could be devastating for Melbourne.

Football

Steely Dees ground Pies

Open wide: Collingwood's Heath Shaw spoils Michael Hartley.

Martin Blake Melbourne was the better team all night; only poor conversion stopped it from dominating.

AFL

Watts to 'rest'

Jack Watts.

Martin Blake Jack Watts was ostensibly dropped for the Demons' final practice game against Port Adelaide.