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.

Wake up Dons: season is slipping by

Martin Blake A top-four spot is probably already out of the question, for Essendon this season.

Thompson cleared on Johnson collision

Scott Thompson and Steve Johnson.

Martin Blake Steve Johnson's concussion likely to prevent him from playing against Hawthorn.

Vote magnet in medal tilt again

Dane Swan

Martin Blake Could Dane Swan win the Brownlow Medal for a second year in a row?

'Boomer' blitz fires the Roos

Bounding: Brent Harvey (left) proved a handful for Michael Hibberd, kicking three goals in as many minutes.

Martin Blake For half a game, Essendon and North Melbourne played footy from the 1970s.

Forward thinking

Sydney's Jesse White in action.

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

AFL

Reward at last for Dons' skipper

Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson polled in a record 14 games.

Martin Blake Jobe Watson caps off his third consecutive outstanding year with the game's most prestigious and famous individual honour.

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Blake's progress: a tale of survival

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Martin Blake Twice this season, Jason Blake has played pivotal parts in St Kilda wins.

Football

Bombers fall short as Swans soar

.Essendon's Patrick Ryder battles with Sydney's Shane Mumford at Etihad.

Martin Blake The AFL's surprise new ladder-leader, Sydney, beat Essendon by four points in one of the games of the season.

Milne inspires Saints

Getaway: Stephen Milne gets away from Michael Hibberd for one of his five goals.

Martin Blake This was Stephen Milne's night and St Kilda's night, unequivocally.

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Footy looks to shake the tag

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Martin Blake In the Mick Malthouse reign at Collingwood, the Magpies stopped using taggers.

Football

Winderlich back as Bombers test the best

Jason Winderlich is set to make his return from injury.

Martin Blake Winless Essendon picks its strongest possible squad for tomorrow's NAB Cup match against Sydney.

AFL

Tonight's NAB Cup games

Martin Blake A preview of tonight's NAB Cup matches, Essendon vs Sydney and Collingwood vs Adelaide.

No more booze for Bombers

Pinching himself: Sam Lonergan (left) and Dustin Fletcher share a joke while training at Windy Hill yesterday.

Martin Blake James Hird has been driving Essendon's players since pre-season began on October 26.

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