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 delay contract talks with McLean

Carlton's Brock McLean

Martin Blake Brock McLean has no guarantee of a place at Carlton next year, despite being arguably the club's best player in the past month.

Forward thinking

Sydney's Jesse White in action.

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

Pies know the score and it must get better

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Martin Blake If Collingwood has problems, then some perspective is required.

Buckley stands by his under-siege forwards

Nathan Buckley

Martin Blake Nathan Buckley is not happy with his two key forwards, Travis Cloke and Chris Dawes. But he believes they have copped too much of the focus since last weekend's defeat by North Melbourne.

Collingwood won't be playing tag with Hawk midfield aces

Collingwood Magpie Scott Pendlebury.

Martin Blake Magpies star says winning the contested ball will be the key to the qualifying final.

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.

Pies ignite after early denial to secure top four berth

AFL.First Semi-Final.Collingwood v West Coast.Eagle's Eric MacKenzie battles with Collingwood's Travis Cloke at the MCG.15 September 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Martin Blake COLLINGWOOD are into their fourth preliminary final in a row after a tough and emotional 13-point win over West Coast at the MCG last night.

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.

AFL

State of mind gives Pies the wood over Swans

Collingwood beats the Swans in round 20.

Martin Blake Collingwood's streak over Sydney looms large, writes Martin Blake.

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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.

Football

Big job for small Pie

Collingwood's Kirk Ugle.

Martin Blake and Jesse Hogan Kirk Ugle is this year's Anzac Day project player. In the spirit of the clubs giving a young player his debut on the biggest of home-and-away stages, Ugle, 19, was the surprise inclusion in...

Hawk Franklin gets damned by free kicks

Mixed bag: Lance Franklin is having a frustrating season.

Martin Blake Lance Franklin is beloved by the masses, but not necessarily by the umpires.

AFL

Magpie believes Cloke will stay

Travis Cloke.

Martin Blake Tyson Goldsack says he does not blame the centre half-forward for testing the free agency market but is sure the in-demand forward will stay a Magpie.

The Blair hitch project

Pocket dynamo: Jarryd Blair defies the tall midfielder trend of modern football.

Martin Blake A vertically challenged Magpie bucks the system to leave a sizeable footprint on the big stage.

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.

AFL

Fledgling Blue gets thrown to the wolves

Brett Ratten and Andrew McInnes.

Martin Blake AT THE height of his dramas, Brett Ratten has punted on a first-gamer for Carlton's season-defining game against Collingwood at the MCG tonight.

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All black and white, a great win for Demons

Melbourne's James Magner bobbed up everywhere.

Martin Blake Melbourne secures the best win of new coach Mark Neeld's fledgling career by surprising Collingwood.

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.