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.

Beams me up, Pie rising

Dayne Beams

Martin Blake Dayne Beams is grabbing his opportunity to shine with both hands and earning plaudits all round.

Pies know the score and it must get better

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Martin Blake If Collingwood has problems, then some perspective is required.

Swans set to end Magpies' streak

Martin Blake Everyone falls in love with the qualifying final winners and dumps the losers, but recent history shows that it is not necessarily a good guide to the preliminary finals.

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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Football

Steely Dees ground Pies

Open wide: Collingwood's Heath Shaw spoils Michael Hartley.

Martin Blake Melbourne was the better team all night; only poor conversion stopped it from dominating.

AFL

Watts to 'rest'

Jack Watts.

Martin Blake Jack Watts was ostensibly dropped for the Demons' final practice game against Port Adelaide.

Football

Goals, grog, pain, pleas: camera catches it all

AFL.Grand Final 2011 at the MCG.Collingwood v Geelong.Geelongs Travis Varcoe celebrates. 1 October 2011.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Martin Blake CAM Mooney missed seeing the first goal of the 2011 grand final.

Football

Dees dump big names

Davey

Martin Blake and Matt Murnane Mark Neeld last night reacted savagely to the thrashing in Sydney, dumping veteran players.

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AFL

Gold digger

Tyson Goldsack.

Martin Blake Tyson Goldsack has had a 10-out-of-10 season. He has played all 10 senior games for Collingwood, a step forward for a player who has never quite established himself in six years of football.

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.

Martin Blake

Footy looks to shake the tag

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Martin Blake In the Mick Malthouse reign at Collingwood, the Magpies stopped using taggers.