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 Jobe Watson caps off his third consecutive outstanding year with the game's most prestigious and famous individual honour.
Martin Blake Ted Richards is the modern backman personified; adaptable, competitive and strong.
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.
Martin Blake Ray Jordon had a way with words. Choice words. Australian words.
Martin Blake One truism in the AFL is that coaches love the status quo when it comes to rules.
Martin Blake Tom Scully is going to a place a few have been before him, and none found it pleasant.
Martin Blake Melbourne under Mark Neeld is multi-faceted and adaptable, above all else.
Martin Blake Greater Western Sydney made a respectable start. Well, it didn't get flogged.