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 North Melbourne vice-captain Drew Petrie is facing an AFL sanction over public criticism of the AFL tribunal, but the Kangaroos have accepted they can go no further in defending midfielder Jack...
Martin Blake Carlton has lost key-position player Lachie Henderson for the season.
Martin Blake For Carlton, the Waite-ing was over. Jarrad Waite made his return to a navy blue guernsey. But the waiting for a finals berth and a recovering from this cursed season is effectively over, and that...
Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.
Martin Blake A MONTH ago, Carlton was being touted as a premiership contender. Four weeks on, the Blues have all but doused that particular flame themselves.
Martin Blake A month ago, Carlton was being touted as a premiership contender.
Martin Blake The mirage of a dramatically improved Richmond takes just one match to be exposed.
Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.
Martin Blake Disappointed coach gives his team a mark of only five out of 10.
Martin Blake But the decision that sparked most of their ire was deemed to be wrong.
Martin Blake Hawthorn defeats Carlton by 50 points without even breaking stride, piling on seven first-quarter goals to set it up.
Martin Blake Geelong acknowledges that Josh Hunt needs to change the way he tackles.
Martin Blake Carlton's hard-nosed midfielder Mitch Robinson has joined the pre-season casualty list.