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 Steve Johnson's concussion likely to prevent him from playing against Hawthorn.
Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.
Martin Blake Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson and Western Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd are among the unlucky players who missed out on All-Australian squad selection yesterday.
Martin Blake Fremantle pulls off the most momentous win of its 18-year history in the AFL.
Martin Blake Ted Richards is the modern backman personified; adaptable, competitive and strong.
Martin Blake It was a difficult day at Geelong, with an ill wind howling out of the north.
Martin Blake The clubs are not perfect in rewarding their defenders, but they are at least on to it.
Jesse Hogan and Martin Blake Teams for grand final rematch will bear strong resemblance to last year's decider.
Martin Blake Injuries have forced Collingwood's hand again as it confronts white-hot Adelaide this weekend.
Martin Blake Teams of this calibre in the bottom of the eight assure some surprises.
Martin Blake Geelong picks another callow team for second-round NAB Cup encounter with Gold Coast.