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.

Martin Blake

Can the Hawks end the hoodoo?

Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.

Hawthorn weighs up ruckman dilemma

Keen: Hawthorn's Max Bailey and David Hale.

Martin Blake A week ago, people were preparing to hand the premiership cup to Hawthorn.

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Forward thinking

Sydney's Jesse White in action.

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

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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Football

Oh brother, a family's dilemma

Ben Reid

Martin Blake For the Reid family of Bright, it will inevitably be a bitter-sweet preliminary final day.

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.

Geelong rests stars, but Hawkins set to return

Martin Blake Geelong picks another callow team for second-round NAB Cup encounter with Gold Coast.

Football

Umpire video aid close to kick-off

AFL 1st Elimination Final Carlton vs Essendon at the MCG.
The goal umpire signals a touched behind.
Melbourne. 11 September 2011.
Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Martin Blake Video assistance for goal umpires is on the verge of introduction for the 2012 season.

Cats and Tigers fall to ill winds

Eyes on the ball: Geelong's Harry Taylor keeps the Sherrin in sight against Richmond's Jack Riewoldt.

Martin Blake It was a difficult day at Geelong, with an ill wind howling out of the north.

Pies, Cats up for rematch

Geelong's Tom Hawkins battles with Collingwood's Ben Reid.

Martin Blake Eight months ago on the biggest stage the game offers, two young men hit flashpoints.

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AFL

Hawkins signs on for another three years

Tom Hawkins

Martin Blake Tom Hawkins has inked a new deal with Geelong until the end of 2015.

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.

Demons in remix after Clark loss

Even with Mitch Clark, Melbourne is scoring only 69 points a game - 16th in the competition.

Martin Blake The numbers indicate that Mitch Clark's loss could be devastating for Melbourne.

Clouds gather over Cats' form

Slip up: Geelong's Joel Corey tries in vain to gather the wet ball.

Martin Blake Fans stayed away, which was some occurrence for the stoic lot who follow Geelong.