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.

Fiery Goddard embraces calmer side

Here, catch: Brendon Goddard prepares for his 200th game on Sunday.

Martin Blake When Brendon Goddard was suspended recently, he had a heart-to-heart chat with his coach.

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Ben there, done that

Country boy: Ben McEvoy finds the city claustrophobic and enjoys living at Mt Martha.

Martin Blake Ben McEvoy has played in a grand final and lost. He'll use it to help St Kilda into a new era.

Good man to have back

Marching on: Sean Dempster is feeling good.

Martin Blake Sean Dempster is taking the game on and he and St Kilda are benefiting.

Probe into Freo's late pick

Aaron Sandilands of the Dockers handballs during the match against Richmond in Perth.

Martin Blake Tigers' angry response to late inclusion of ruckman Aaron Sandilands has a postscript.

Zero chance of complacency, says Ratten

Brett Ratten

Martin Blake The bad news for Carlton is that the Blues need to win both their remaining games to play finals.

A marvellous 'mockbuster'

Brett Harvey

Martin Blake North and Freo to star in off-Broadway hit, writes Martin Blake.

Freo may face probe

Kepler Bradley is helped off the ground after a head clash.

Martin Blake Two players put back on field after suffering heavy knocks and possible concussion.

Docker upset locks in top eight

Fremantle's Hayden Ballentyne is chased by Liam Anthony.

Martin Blake Fremantle has turned the lower half of the top eight upside down.

MCG travel bug won't go away

The MCG.

Martin Blake Four Victorian clubs have made the finals and four from outside the game's heartland.

From Scarlett to purple

Down and out: Matthew Scarlett leads the grim-faced Cats off the MCG last night.

Martin Blake Fremantle pulls off the most momentous win of its 18-year history in the AFL.

Lyon gets quick results with Freo

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon

Martin Blake Ross Lyon and Fremantle are working well together, writes Martin Blake.

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Early-bird Crows get reward for effort

Adelaide with the NAB Cup

Martin Blake All clubs have different agendas for the pre-season, writes Martin Blake.

Fyfe may shoulder load

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Nathan Fyfe of the Dockers looks to handball during the round 14 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Brisbane Lions at Patersons Stadium on June 25, 2011 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Martin Blake Fremantle midfielder Nat Fyfe appears set to play in tonight's game against St Kilda.

Football

No minus if 'plus-one' is a positive

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Martin Blake It used to be known as the 'loose man in defence'. Now it has become the 'plus-one' system.

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Saints embrace tall order against Blues

Rhys Stanley is having to shoulder extra responsibility.

Martin Blake Under Grant Thomas, St Kilda did not particularly rate the importance of ruckmen.

The need for speed

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Martin Blake The arrival of Terry Milera and Ahmed Saad has had an immediate impact on St Kilda.

Happy and victorious

Hawks fly: Matthew Suckling kicks a goal in Hawthorn's big win over Fremantle at Aurora Stadium yesterday.

Martin Blake, Launceston Clint Young sang the club song with his brother, and they were a happy team at Hawthorn again.

AFL

Fighting Hawks look the real deal

Happy Hawthorn players

Martin Blake, Launceston Hawthorn's season back on track after Alistair Clarkson's team monsters Fremantle.

Tagging talented Tigers has Saint on the march

Clint Jones

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...

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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