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 When Brendon Goddard was suspended recently, he had a heart-to-heart chat with his coach.
Martin Blake Ben McEvoy has played in a grand final and lost. He'll use it to help St Kilda into a new era.
Martin Blake Sean Dempster is taking the game on and he and St Kilda are benefiting.
Martin Blake Tigers' angry response to late inclusion of ruckman Aaron Sandilands has a postscript.
Martin Blake The bad news for Carlton is that the Blues need to win both their remaining games to play finals.
Martin Blake North and Freo to star in off-Broadway hit, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Two players put back on field after suffering heavy knocks and possible concussion.
Martin Blake Fremantle has turned the lower half of the top eight upside down.
Martin Blake Four Victorian clubs have made the finals and four from outside the game's heartland.
Martin Blake Fremantle pulls off the most momentous win of its 18-year history in the AFL.
Martin Blake Ross Lyon and Fremantle are working well together, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake It used to be known as the 'loose man in defence'. Now it has become the 'plus-one' system.
Martin Blake Under Grant Thomas, St Kilda did not particularly rate the importance of ruckmen.
Martin Blake The arrival of Terry Milera and Ahmed Saad has had an immediate impact on St Kilda.
Martin Blake, Launceston Clint Young sang the club song with his brother, and they were a happy team at Hawthorn again.
Martin Blake, Launceston Hawthorn's season back on track after Alistair Clarkson's team monsters Fremantle.
Martin Blake Clint Jones will have slept easily last night. He will have known his opponent for tonight's game against Richmond, most likely Trent Cotchin, and that he is required to lock down on him for the sake...
Martin Blake A win against fancied Carlton has St Kilda inside the top eight.
Martin Blake Stephen Milne says he is proud of his 250-game milestone, especially his resilience.
Martin Blake Stephen Milne always plays to his strengths, writes Martin Blake.