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 LANCE Franklin's long-awaited return from a hamstring injury and illness, along with the inclusion of former captain Sam Mitchell and Josh Gibson, gives Hawthorn an imposing look for the...
Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.
Martin Blake Geelong picks another callow team for second-round NAB Cup encounter with Gold Coast.
Martin Blake Seamless is the best description for Dyson Heppell's entry to the big stage of AFL football.
Martin Blake Tom Hawkins has inked a new deal with Geelong until the end of 2015.
Martin Blake Geelong's malaise is back, although the dreaded premiership hangover may be a way off yet.
Martin Blake Teams of this calibre in the bottom of the eight assure some surprises.
Martin Blake Fans stayed away, which was some occurrence for the stoic lot who follow Geelong.
Martin Blake Could Dane Swan win the Brownlow Medal for a second year in a row?
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...