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.

Hayes is St Kilda's best

Lenny Hayes.

Martin Blake Lenny Hayes has won his third Trevor Barker Award as St Kilda's best and fairest player.

Swans just keep on winning

Flying high: Swan Craig Bird celebrates a goal against St Kilda at the SCG yesterday.

Martin Blake, Sydney Sydney keeps on winning, relentlessly and impressively. You have to hand it to the top-of-the-table Swans.

Wreck and ruin

Sydney v St Kilda

Martin Blake, Sydney St Kilda rueing what coach Scott Watters calls a ''lost opportunity'' after a late fade-out.

Grima happy to have a role

Good run: North Melbourne's Nathan Grima missed the opening seven rounds this year but has been a fixture in the side since.

Martin Blake After a nightmare spell of injuries, the Roos defender is making the most of his comeback.

Franklin back as Hawthorn ups the ante

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin

Martin Blake LANCE Franklin's long-awaited return from a hamstring injury and illness, along with the inclusion of former captain Sam Mitchell and Josh Gibson, gives Hawthorn an imposing look for the...

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Giant strides yet to be made

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Martin Blake Greater Western Sydney made a respectable start. Well, it didn't get flogged.

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Back-line players need greater recognition

Martin Blake The clubs are not perfect in rewarding their defenders, but they are at least on to it.

Saints smash through

Stephen Milne shows his joy after kicking a goal.

Martin Blake A win against fancied Carlton has St Kilda inside the top eight.

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Saints hit by injury, suspension for Bomber clash

The Saints have lost Rhys Stanley, seen here marking in front of Roo Sam Gibson,  for the medium-term.

Martin Blake St Kilda will be without both ruck-forward Rhys Stanley and utility James Blake for up to six weeks.

Milne inspires Saints

Getaway: Stephen Milne gets away from Michael Hibberd for one of his five goals.

Martin Blake This was Stephen Milne's night and St Kilda's night, unequivocally.

Saints upset Bombers in thumping win

Stephen Milne and Nick Riewoldt

Martin Blake TWO moments encapsulated this game, both in the third quarter when St Kilda was on the verge of finally breaking Essendon's spirit.