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.

Martin Blake

Can the Hawks end the hoodoo?

Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.

Cats and Tigers fall to ill winds

Eyes on the ball: Geelong's Harry Taylor keeps the Sherrin in sight against Richmond's Jack Riewoldt.

Martin Blake It was a difficult day at Geelong, with an ill wind howling out of the north.

Martin Blake

Swan Luke

Sydney Swans player, Luke Parker, currently one of the best young players in the comp. 10th May 2012
Photograph by Dallas Kilponen

Martin Blake Luke Parker is flying under the radar at Sydney, writes Martin Blake.

AFL

Cats, Magpies recall big guns for grand final replay

Collingwood defender Chris Tarrant during a training session at Gosch's Paddock.

Jesse Hogan and Martin Blake Teams for grand final rematch will bear strong resemblance to last year's decider.

AFL

Hawkins signs on for another three years

Tom Hawkins

Martin Blake Tom Hawkins has inked a new deal with Geelong until the end of 2015.

Swans declaw Cats

Best foot forward: Sydney star Adam Goodes attempts to kick the ball against Geelong last night.

Martin Blake Geelong's malaise is back, although the dreaded premiership hangover may be a way off yet.

Cats may rise from depths

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

Martin Blake Teams of this calibre in the bottom of the eight assure some surprises.

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Cats' smallest crowd for 20 years

Martin Blake Geelong's players and coaching staff will wake up on the Gold Coast on Monday morning, choosing to escape the Victorian winter for a training camp for the second year in a row as they search for...

Clouds gather over Cats' form

Slip up: Geelong's Joel Corey tries in vain to gather the wet ball.

Martin Blake Fans stayed away, which was some occurrence for the stoic lot who follow Geelong.

AFL

Wellingham quick to accept three-match ban for controversial bump

Sharrod Wellingham and Kade Simpson

Martin Blake Collingwood's Sharrod Wellingham has accepted a minimum three-match suspension by the AFL's match review panel over his controversial hit on Carlton's Kade Simpson in last Friday night's game at the...

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Geelong rests stars, but Hawkins set to return

Martin Blake Geelong picks another callow team for second-round NAB Cup encounter with Gold Coast.