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.

AFL

Swans keep rolling along

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...

Forward thinking

Sydney's Jesse White in action.

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

Blues battlers to the end

Departing Carlton coach Brett Ratten

Martin Blake Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.

Petrie in hot water over tribunal criticism

Drew Petrie

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...

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Henderson's year over

Carlton's Lachie Henderson.

Martin Blake Carlton has lost key-position player Lachie Henderson for the season.

Hunt to change tackling style after two-match ban

Josh Hunt.

Martin Blake Geelong acknowledges that Josh Hunt needs to change the way he tackles.

Football

Another casualty for Blues

AFL Round 18. Essendon vs Carlton at the MCG.
Blues midfielder Mitch Robinson in action.
Melbourne. 23 July 2011.
Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Martin Blake Carlton's hard-nosed midfielder Mitch Robinson has joined the pre-season casualty list.

Blues bomb out in NAB Cup but coach stays upbeat

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.

AFL

Blues bomb out in NAB Cup, but coach stays upbeat

Chris Judd.

Martin Blake A month ago, Carlton was being touted as a premiership contender.

AFL

Blues too sharp for Tigers

Round one: Richmond vs Carlton.

Martin Blake The mirage of a dramatically improved Richmond takes just one match to be exposed.

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AFL

Dees dump Watts for Cats clash

Jack Watts

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

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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.

Carlton trio fined for tweets critical of umpires

Carlton footballer Marc Murphy

Martin Blake But the decision that sparked most of their ire was deemed to be wrong.

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Hawks put blowtorch on Ratten

Hawthorn v Carlton

Martin Blake Hawthorn defeats Carlton by 50 points without even breaking stride, piling on seven first-quarter goals to set it up.