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 Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson and Western Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd are among the unlucky players who missed out on All-Australian squad selection yesterday.
Martin Blake For the Reid family of Bright, it will inevitably be a bitter-sweet preliminary final day.
Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.
Martin Blake A week ago, people were preparing to hand the premiership cup to Hawthorn.
Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Geelong acknowledges that Josh Hunt needs to change the way he tackles.
Martin Blake Geelong picks another callow team for second-round NAB Cup encounter with Gold Coast.
Martin Blake Video assistance for goal umpires is on the verge of introduction for the 2012 season.
Martin Blake It was a difficult day at Geelong, with an ill wind howling out of the north.
Martin Blake Eight months ago on the biggest stage the game offers, two young men hit flashpoints.
Martin Blake Tom Hawkins has inked a new deal with Geelong until the end of 2015.
Martin Blake Geelong's malaise is back, although the dreaded premiership hangover may be a way off yet.
Martin Blake The numbers indicate that Mitch Clark's loss could be devastating for Melbourne.
Martin Blake Fans stayed away, which was some occurrence for the stoic lot who follow Geelong.