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 Dayne Beams is grabbing his opportunity to shine with both hands and earning plaudits all round.
Martin Blake Collingwood is pondering a two-ruckman policy for just the second time this season.
Martin Blake A vertically challenged Magpie bucks the system to leave a sizeable footprint on the big stage.
Martin Blake In the Mick Malthouse reign at Collingwood, the Magpies stopped using taggers.
Martin Blake A preview of tonight's NAB Cup matches, Essendon vs Sydney and Collingwood vs Adelaide.
Martin Blake Collingwood's injury crisis has hit epic proportions, with Heath Shaw and Dale Thomas breaking down with hamstring strains.
Martin Blake A phlegmatic Collingwood is dealing with its worst injury blight in years as another two star players went down yesterday.
Martin Blake Injuries will test the depth of both clubs, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Injuries have forced Collingwood's hand again as it confronts white-hot Adelaide this weekend.
Martin Blake Collingwood gives itself an important percentage boost by flogging Gold Coast at the MCG last night, despite an injury scare involving Scott Pendlebury.
Martin Blake Collingwood is football's hydra. Cut someone down in black and white and another pops up, hungrier and just as dangerous.