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.

Goddard and Saints rise to the occasion

Brendon Goddard

Martin Blake Brendon Goddard's 200th game turns out to be one of his best for the Saints.

Swans just keep on winning

Flying high: Swan Craig Bird celebrates a goal against St Kilda at the SCG yesterday.

Martin Blake, Sydney Sydney keeps on winning, relentlessly and impressively. You have to hand it to the top-of-the-table Swans.

Wreck and ruin

Sydney v St Kilda

Martin Blake, Sydney St Kilda rueing what coach Scott Watters calls a ''lost opportunity'' after a late fade-out.

Saints embrace tall order against Blues

Rhys Stanley is having to shoulder extra responsibility.

Martin Blake Under Grant Thomas, St Kilda did not particularly rate the importance of ruckmen.

AFL

High anxiety in AFL

Tackle

Jon Pierik, Martin Blake, Jared Lynch Umpires boss Jeff Gieschen says Eagles playing up high tackles to win free kicks.

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Blake's progress: a tale of survival

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

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

Hawk Franklin gets damned by free kicks

Mixed bag: Lance Franklin is having a frustrating season.

Martin Blake Lance Franklin is beloved by the masses, but not necessarily by the umpires.

Saints hit by injury, suspension for Bomber clash

The Saints have lost Rhys Stanley, seen here marking in front of Roo Sam Gibson,  for the medium-term.

Martin Blake St Kilda will be without both ruck-forward Rhys Stanley and utility James Blake for up to six weeks.