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.

Dawes finds an opening as Magpies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final against Hawthorn at the MCG tonight after the out-of-form ruck-forward was dropped for the last round of the...

AFL

Dawes finds an opening as Pies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final.

AFL

Clash of the big birds guaranteed titanic

Adam Goodes

Martin Blake For reasons that are not all that clear, Sydney has a problem with the Adelaide Crows.

Schoe and tell: Hawks' most relieved man

Ryan Schoenmakers

Martin Blake Arguably the most relieved man at Hawthorn today was Ryan Schoenmakers, the Hawks' centre half-back whose brain-fade late in the final quarter gifted a goal to Adelaide's Jason Porplyzia and almost...

Football

Hawk puts brain fade behind him

Ryan Schoenmakers.

Martin Blake Arguably the most relieved man at Hawthorn yesterday was Ryan Schoenmakers, whose brain fade late in the final quarter almost cost his team a spot in the grand final.

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.

AFL

Swans keep rolling along

Lewis Jetta.

Martin Blake For Carlton, the Waite-ing was over. Jarrad Waite made his return to a navy blue guernsey. But the waiting for a finals berth and a recovering from this cursed season is effectively over, and that...

One Dog no match for Swans

Adam Goodes celebrates a goal.

Martin Blake This is a tale of team versus individual. Almost inevitably, the former wins. It is simple mathematics.

Forward thinking

Sydney's Jesse White in action.

Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.

Football

Winderlich back as Bombers test the best

Jason Winderlich is set to make his return from injury.

Martin Blake Winless Essendon picks its strongest possible squad for tomorrow's NAB Cup match against Sydney.

AFL

Tonight's NAB Cup games

Martin Blake A preview of tonight's NAB Cup matches, Essendon vs Sydney and Collingwood vs Adelaide.

AFL

Giant strides yet to be made

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

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

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Football

No minus if 'plus-one' is a positive

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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Swans declaw Cats

Best foot forward: Sydney star Adam Goodes attempts to kick the ball against Geelong last night.

Martin Blake Geelong's malaise is back, although the dreaded premiership hangover may be a way off yet.

Goodes played on: umpires' boss

Unhappy: Swan Adam Goodes last Friday.

Martin Blake AFL umpiring department gives tick to one of two controversial decisions in Sydney-Geelong game.

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