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.

Never a punch pulled

Player-coach: Ray ''Slug'' Jordon in his heyday as Victorian wicketkeeper

Martin Blake Ray Jordon had a way with words. Choice words. Australian words.

No regrets as Bombers veteran McVeigh calls it a day

Essendon's Mark McVeigh

Martin Blake Essendon's 232-game veteran Mark McVeigh has retired with no regrets. McVeigh, 31, told his teammates this morning at Windy Hill that he would not go on in 2013.

No place to run, or hide

Buddy Franklin and Ted Richards

Martin Blake Ted Richards is the modern backman personified; adaptable, competitive and strong.

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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AFL

Giant strides yet to be made

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

Martin Blake Greater Western Sydney made a respectable start. Well, it didn't get flogged.

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AFL

Dees dump Watts for Cats clash

Jack Watts

Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.

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Tweaking on the run

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

Martin Blake One truism in the AFL is that coaches love the status quo when it comes to rules.

Face your demons

Greater Western Sydney's Tom Scully

Martin Blake Tom Scully is going to a place a few have been before him, and none found it pleasant.

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Mercurial Dees crush Giants

Coming from behind: Giants forward Jeremy Cameron prepares to tackle Demon defender Jack Watts.

Martin Blake Melbourne under Mark Neeld is multi-faceted and adaptable, above all else.