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.

Blues battlers to the end

Martin Blake Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.

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.

Goddard and Saints rise to the occasion

Brendon Goddard

Martin Blake Brendon Goddard's 200th game turns out to be one of his best for the Saints.

Crucial free to O'Brien ruled 'wrong'

Harry O'Brien goes for a mark in the final moments against St Kilda while Stephen Milne (44) lurks.

Martin Blake Decision that appeared to cost St Kilda draw against Collingwood found to be wrong.

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Hunt to change tackling style after two-match ban

Josh Hunt.

Martin Blake Geelong acknowledges that Josh Hunt needs to change the way he tackles.

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.

The need for speed

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

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

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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Survivor Milne is still enjoying his footy

St Kilda's Stephen Milne.

Martin Blake Stephen Milne says he is proud of his 250-game milestone, especially his resilience.

Yappy go lucky

Stephen Milne

Martin Blake Stephen Milne always plays to his strengths, writes Martin Blake.

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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.

Football

Hayes sets aside talk of future

Lenny Hayes.

Martin Blake Lenny Hayes is playing plenty well enough to plough on into a 15th season next year.