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 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 Four Victorian clubs have made the finals and four from outside the game's heartland.
Martin Blake Rodney Eade is a potential candidate for the vacant Port Adelaide coaching job.
Martin Blake and Jon Pierik Rodney Eade a potential candidate, Scott Burns endorsed as coach-in-waiting after Matthew Primus quits Port Adelaide.
Martin Blake Sean Dempster is taking the game on and he and St Kilda are benefiting.
Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.
Martin Blake It's hard to remember an AFL coach who had a tougher initiation than Mark Neeld.
Matt Murnane and Martin Blake This year's AFL fixture throws up its challenges and opportunities for all clubs - even if the balance of each is not the same - and St Kilda and Carlton are facing their challenging periods right...
Martin Blake Three consecutive defeats by less than a goal will test the patience of any fan.
Martin Blake He's run the length of the field against the All Blacks and now he's kicking goals for the Swans.