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.

Swans just keep on winning

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

Vote magnet in medal tilt again

Dane Swan

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

AFL

Swans keep rolling along

Lewis Jetta.

Martin Blake For Carlton, the Waite-ing was over. Jarrad Waite made his return to a navy blue guernsey. But the waiting for a finals berth and a recovering from this cursed season is effectively over, and that...

One Dog no match for Swans

Adam Goodes celebrates a goal.

Martin Blake This is a tale of team versus individual. Almost inevitably, the former wins. It is simple mathematics.

Bulldog Minson offered a week

Martin Blake Western Bulldogs' season of woe is made worse with ruckman Will Minson being offered a one-match suspension for stomping by the AFL's match review panel.

Stomping reprimand for Bulldog

Will Minson

Martin Blake Western Bulldogs' ruckman Will Minson has won a reprieve from the AFL Tribunal.

Reprieve divides the experts

Western Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson.

Jared Lynch, Martin Blake Western Bulldog Will Minson's reprieve at the AFL Tribunal for stomping has fractured opinion among leading club officials and commentators.

AFL

Clash of the big birds guaranteed titanic

Adam Goodes

Martin Blake For reasons that are not all that clear, Sydney has a problem with the Adelaide Crows.

Swans set to end Magpies' streak

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

Martin Blake Everyone falls in love with the qualifying final winners and dumps the losers, but recent history shows that it is not necessarily a good guide to the preliminary finals.

Martin Blake

Swan Luke

Sydney Swans player, Luke Parker, currently one of the best young players in the comp. 10th May 2012
Photograph by Dallas Kilponen

Martin Blake Luke Parker is flying under the radar at Sydney, writes Martin Blake.

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.

Football

Winderlich back as Bombers test the best

Jason Winderlich is set to make his return from injury.

Martin Blake Winless Essendon picks its strongest possible squad for tomorrow's NAB Cup match against Sydney.

AFL

Tonight's NAB Cup games

Martin Blake A preview of tonight's NAB Cup matches, Essendon vs Sydney and Collingwood vs Adelaide.