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 Brock McLean has no guarantee of a place at Carlton next year, despite being arguably the club's best player in the past month.
Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake If Collingwood has problems, then some perspective is required.
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.
Martin Blake Magpies star says winning the contested ball will be the key to the qualifying final.
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...
Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final.
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.
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.
Martin Blake Collingwood's streak over Sydney looms large, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Travis Cloke is the one. He has a history of troubling Sydney and is key to the Pie's chances.
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...
Martin Blake Lance Franklin is beloved by the masses, but not necessarily by the umpires.
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.
Martin Blake A vertically challenged Magpie bucks the system to leave a sizeable footprint on the big stage.
Martin Blake The numbers indicate that Mitch Clark's loss could be devastating for Melbourne.
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.
Martin Blake Melbourne secures the best win of new coach Mark Neeld's fledgling career by surprising Collingwood.
Martin Blake Winless Essendon picks its strongest possible squad for tomorrow's NAB Cup match against Sydney.
Martin Blake A preview of tonight's NAB Cup matches, Essendon vs Sydney and Collingwood vs Adelaide.