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...

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...

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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.

Goldsack on track to tackle Eagles

Magpie forward Tyson Goldsack

Martin Blake Utility continues push for inclusion in Collingwood's team for semi-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.

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Pies no fans of review

Blair

Martin Blake Collingwood beat Essendon on a video review of Jarryd Blair's clinching goal, but coach Nathan Buckley is not happy with the AFL's new system of checking goal umpire's decisions.

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AFL adamant goal videos working

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Martin Blake AFL dismisses notion of a hand-of-God goal by Collingwood's Jarryd Blair on Anzac Day, and is pushing on with its technological assistance for goal umpires, despite some heavy criticism.

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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.

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Gold digger

Tyson Goldsack.

Martin Blake Tyson Goldsack has had a 10-out-of-10 season. He has played all 10 senior games for Collingwood, a step forward for a player who has never quite established himself in six years of football.

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Buckley's list just goes on and on

Nathan Buckley with Alan Didak

Martin Blake Collingwood is football's hydra. Cut someone down in black and white and another pops up, hungrier and just as dangerous.