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.

Franklin back as Hawthorn ups the ante

Martin Blake LANCE Franklin's long-awaited return from a hamstring injury and illness, along with the inclusion of former captain Sam Mitchell and Josh Gibson, gives Hawthorn an imposing look for the...

AFL

Clash of the big birds guaranteed titanic

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

Shock as All-Australian squad named

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Martin Blake Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson and Western Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd are among the unlucky players who missed out on All-Australian squad selection yesterday.

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Swans set to end Magpies' streak

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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.

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Preliminary discussions: Part three

Martin Blake Travis Cloke is the one. He has a history of troubling Sydney and is key to the Pie's chances.

No place to run, or hide

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Martin Blake Ted Richards is the modern backman personified; adaptable, competitive and strong.

Brownlow quirks and oddities

Brownlow anomalies.

Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.

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Football

Malceski's snap is one for the ages

Sydney's Nick Malceski kicks the final goal of the match to give Sydney the premiership.

Martin Blake Sydney half-back Nick Malceski took centre stage in the final act of the classic.

Pyke, tryer

Making his mark: Canadian Mike Pyke has adapted to AFL with considerable aplomb.

Martin Blake He's run the length of the field against the All Blacks and now he's kicking goals for the Swans.

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

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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...

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

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

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Swan delivers the Goodes again

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Martin Blake, Launceston Adam Goodes comes to Sydney's aid in his record-seting 304th game.

Sydney bridges gap

Swan Ted Richards gets ready to handball as Adam Goodes arrives in support.

Martin Blake Alastair Clarkson talks up Swans' premiership credentials after Hawthorn's second-half collapse.

Back-line players need greater recognition

Martin Blake The clubs are not perfect in rewarding their defenders, but they are at least on to it.