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

Preliminary discussions: Part three

Martin Blake Travis Cloke is the one. He has a history of troubling Sydney and is key to the Pie's chances.

Football

Hawks haunted by grand Swan

Josh Kennedy

Martin Blake Next Saturday, former Hawk Josh Kennedy presents arguably the biggest single threat to Hawthorn's quest for an 11th premiership.

Hodge back for Hawks

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge

Jared Lynch, Martin Blake Luke Hodge is set to captain Hawthorn for just the third time this season in tonight's clash with Essendon, while Bombers speedster Jason Winderlich will play his first game for the season in his...

Martin Blake

Can the Hawks end the hoodoo?

Geelong v Hawthorn

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

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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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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.

Football

No minus if 'plus-one' is a positive

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Martin Blake It used to be known as the 'loose man in defence'. Now it has become the 'plus-one' system.

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AFL

Cats, Magpies recall big guns for grand final replay

Collingwood defender Chris Tarrant during a training session at Gosch's Paddock.

Jesse Hogan and Martin Blake Teams for grand final rematch will bear strong resemblance to last year's decider.

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.

Dees despair: Clark out for season

Mitch Clark is out for the season.

Martin Blake Mitch Clark's brilliant form was one of the few positives at Melbourne in 2012.

Cats may rise from depths

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Martin Blake Teams of this calibre in the bottom of the eight assure some surprises.

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AFL

Rookie decision: Magpies back Irish youngster

Collingwood's Caolan Mooney

Martin Blake Collingwood elevates Irish teenager Caolan Mooney from its rookie list and picks him to play against Fremantle.

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.

No 'Buddy' worries for Hawthorn

Got him: Hawthorn's Brad Sewell is tackled by Bulldog Ryan Griffen.

Martin Blake Hawthorn, minus Lance Franklin and Luke Hodge, hammers the Bulldogs.