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.

Martin Blake

Can the Hawks end the hoodoo?

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

Hawthorn weighs up ruckman dilemma

Keen: Hawthorn's Max Bailey and David Hale.

Martin Blake A week ago, people were preparing to hand the premiership cup to Hawthorn.

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Grima happy to have a role

Good run: North Melbourne's Nathan Grima missed the opening seven rounds this year but has been a fixture in the side since.

Martin Blake After a nightmare spell of injuries, the Roos defender is making the most of his comeback.

Football

Bombers close to full strength for decider

Essendon's Patrick Ryder battles with Carlton's Shaun Hampson.

Martin Blake Essendon will put its season on the line by fielding its best on-paper team for a month.

Forward thinking

Sydney's Jesse White in action.

Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.

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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No place to run, or hide

Buddy Franklin and Ted Richards

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

Brownlow quirks and oddities

Brownlow anomalies.

Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.

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Swan delivers the Goodes again

Adam Goodes

Martin Blake, Launceston Adam Goodes comes to Sydney's aid in his record-seting 304th game.

Sydney bridges gap

Swan Ted Richards gets ready to handball as Adam Goodes arrives in support.

Martin Blake Alastair Clarkson talks up Swans' premiership credentials after Hawthorn's second-half collapse.

Back-line players need greater recognition

Martin Blake The clubs are not perfect in rewarding their defenders, but they are at least on to it.

AFL

Watts only a chance to play for Demons

Jack Watts kicks a goal.

Martin Blake Melbourne coach Mark Neeld said today centre half-forward Jack Watts would be "in the mix" for a return to the team for tomorrow's game against Hawthorn, but would not guarantee it.

AFL

Fighting Hawks look the real deal

Happy Hawthorn players

Martin Blake, Launceston Hawthorn's season back on track after Alistair Clarkson's team monsters Fremantle.

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.

AFL

Franklin in the clear, but Cat fined for misconduct

Lance Franklin.

Martin Blake Hawthorn and Lance Franklin can breathe more easily after his report for rough play was thrown out by the match review panel.

Demons in remix after Clark loss

Even with Mitch Clark, Melbourne is scoring only 69 points a game - 16th in the competition.

Martin Blake The numbers indicate that Mitch Clark's loss could be devastating for Melbourne.

Hawks put blowtorch on Ratten

Hawthorn v Carlton

Martin Blake Hawthorn defeats Carlton by 50 points without even breaking stride, piling on seven first-quarter goals to set it up.

AFL

Fledgling Blue gets thrown to the wolves

Brett Ratten and Andrew McInnes.

Martin Blake AT THE height of his dramas, Brett Ratten has punted on a first-gamer for Carlton's season-defining game against Collingwood at the MCG tonight.

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Franklin, Hodge face time on sidelines

Lance Franklin

Martin Blake AFL high-flyers Hawthorn have been dealt a double blow, with superstar forward Lance Franklin and captain Luke Hodge sidelined for up to three weeks each with injury setbacks.