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?

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.

Pups impress, now top Dogs let loose

Footy head: North Melbourne's Kieran Harper is tackled by Western Bulldogs' Luke Dahlhaus.

Martin Blake Senior, experienced players to take part in final practice match against reigning premier Geelong.

Win, but no contest

North Melbourne Football Club

Martin Blake Brad Scott says his players need to toughen up with the main season just a few weeks away.

Dogs find the answer with Dickson

Off the leash: Tory Dickson escapes the clutches of Leigh Adams.

Martin Blake This time a year ago, Tory Dickson was labouring at his father's steel fabrication business.


Bye a chance for badly beaten Bulldogs to refocus

Coach Brendan McCartney instructs the Western Bulldogs at training yesterday.

Martin Blake Bulldogs captain says that the bye straight after the club's worst performance of the season was bittersweet.

Dogs pound Port to break losing streak

Vale: Western Bulldogs mascot Sid, part of a guard of honour in memory of Charlie Sutton.

Martin Blake Bulldogs break two-game losing streak in eclipsing Port Adelaide at Docklands.

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.