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.

Vote magnet in medal tilt again

Dane Swan

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

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.

Hayes cleared by MRP

Mitch Duncan takes a mark against St KIlda that was later disallowed.

Martin Blake Lenny Hayes' reprieve by match review panel proves that not all head-high contact draw sanction.

Buckley wants MRP reviewed

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Martin Blake Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says he was "surprised" by the decision to reprieve Western Bulldog Will Minson for stomping and has called for the AFL to review the Match Review Panel at season’s...

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.

Hayes is St Kilda's best

Lenny Hayes.

Martin Blake Lenny Hayes has won his third Trevor Barker Award as St Kilda's best and fairest player.

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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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.

Saints smash through

Stephen Milne shows his joy after kicking a goal.

Martin Blake A win against fancied Carlton has St Kilda inside the top eight.

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AFL

Hit for six

Lenny Hayes.

Matt Murnane and Martin Blake This year's AFL fixture throws up its challenges and opportunities for all clubs - even if the balance of each is not the same - and St Kilda and Carlton are facing their challenging periods right...

Milne inspires Saints

Getaway: Stephen Milne gets away from Michael Hibberd for one of his five goals.

Martin Blake This was Stephen Milne's night and St Kilda's night, unequivocally.

Saints upset Bombers in thumping win

Stephen Milne and Nick Riewoldt

Martin Blake TWO moments encapsulated this game, both in the third quarter when St Kilda was on the verge of finally breaking Essendon's spirit.

AFL

Wellingham quick to accept three-match ban for controversial bump

Sharrod Wellingham and Kade Simpson

Martin Blake Collingwood's Sharrod Wellingham has accepted a minimum three-match suspension by the AFL's match review panel over his controversial hit on Carlton's Kade Simpson in last Friday night's game at the...

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Football

Hayes sets aside talk of future

Lenny Hayes.

Martin Blake Lenny Hayes is playing plenty well enough to plough on into a 15th season next year.