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 A top-four spot is probably already out of the question, for Essendon this season.
Martin Blake Steve Johnson's concussion likely to prevent him from playing against Hawthorn.
Martin Blake Could Dane Swan win the Brownlow Medal for a second year in a row?
Martin Blake For half a game, Essendon and North Melbourne played footy from the 1970s.
Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Jobe Watson caps off his third consecutive outstanding year with the game's most prestigious and famous individual honour.
Martin Blake James Hird has been driving Essendon's players since pre-season began on October 26.
Martin Blake Twice this season, Jason Blake has played pivotal parts in St Kilda wins.
Martin Blake The AFL's surprise new ladder-leader, Sydney, beat Essendon by four points in one of the games of the season.
Martin Blake This was Stephen Milne's night and St Kilda's night, unequivocally.
Martin Blake In the Mick Malthouse reign at Collingwood, the Magpies stopped using taggers.
Martin Blake Winless Essendon picks its strongest possible squad for tomorrow's NAB Cup match against Sydney.
Martin Blake A preview of tonight's NAB Cup matches, Essendon vs Sydney and Collingwood vs Adelaide.