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.

Petrie in hot water over tribunal criticism

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...

Vote magnet in medal tilt again

Dane Swan

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

Martin Blake

Can the Hawks end the hoodoo?

Geelong v Hawthorn

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

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Franklin back as Hawthorn ups the ante

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin

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...

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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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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.

Geelong rests stars, but Hawkins set to return

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

Bombers back star Heppell to shine on

On the prowl: Dyson Heppell at training at Windy Hill this week.

Martin Blake Seamless is the best description for Dyson Heppell's entry to the big stage of AFL football.