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.

Blues battlers to the end

Departing Carlton coach Brett Ratten

Martin Blake Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.

Saints embrace tall order against Blues

Rhys Stanley is having to shoulder extra responsibility.

Martin Blake Under Grant Thomas, St Kilda did not particularly rate the importance of ruckmen.

Football

Another casualty for Blues

AFL Round 18. Essendon vs Carlton at the MCG.
Blues midfielder Mitch Robinson in action.
Melbourne. 23 July 2011.
Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Martin Blake Carlton's hard-nosed midfielder Mitch Robinson has joined the pre-season casualty list.

Blues bomb out in NAB Cup but coach stays upbeat

Martin Blake A MONTH ago, Carlton was being touted as a premiership contender. Four weeks on, the Blues have all but doused that particular flame themselves.

AFL

Blues bomb out in NAB Cup, but coach stays upbeat

Chris Judd.

Martin Blake A month ago, Carlton was being touted as a premiership contender.

AFL

Blues too sharp for Tigers

Round one: Richmond vs Carlton.

Martin Blake The mirage of a dramatically improved Richmond takes just one match to be exposed.

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Manager apologises for blast over ban

Chris Judd

Martin Blake, Matt Murnane Leading player manager Paul Connors has been forced into a public apology after his strident criticism of an ''interfering'' AFL, as the fallout from the Chris Judd suspension swirled yesterday.

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Petrie in hot water over tribunal criticism

Drew Petrie

Martin Blake North Melbourne vice-captain Drew Petrie is facing an AFL sanction over public criticism of the AFL tribunal, but the Kangaroos have accepted they can go no further in defending midfielder Jack...

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Henderson's year over

Carlton's Lachie Henderson.

Martin Blake Carlton has lost key-position player Lachie Henderson for the season.

Beams me up, Pie rising

Dayne Beams

Martin Blake Dayne Beams is grabbing his opportunity to shine with both hands and earning plaudits all round.

AFL

Swans keep rolling along

Lewis Jetta.

Martin Blake For Carlton, the Waite-ing was over. Jarrad Waite made his return to a navy blue guernsey. But the waiting for a finals berth and a recovering from this cursed season is effectively over, and that...

AFL

Richardson in mix for Power coaching job

Alan RICHARDSON

Martin Blake The Carlton senior assistant coach retains an ambition to coach at the highest level.

Football

Bombers close to full strength for decider

Essendon's Patrick Ryder battles with Carlton's Shaun Hampson.

Martin Blake Essendon will put its season on the line by fielding its best on-paper team for a month.

Zero chance of complacency, says Ratten

Brett Ratten

Martin Blake The bad news for Carlton is that the Blues need to win both their remaining games to play finals.

Brownlow quirks and oddities

Brownlow anomalies.

Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.

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AFL

Dees dump Watts for Cats clash

Jack Watts

Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.

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Ratten upset some players didn't stand up

Heading for home: Carlton's Eddie Betts swings into attack ahead of Giants' Adam Kennedy as Jeff Garlett gets a grip.

Martin Blake Disappointed coach gives his team a mark of only five out of 10.

The need for speed

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

Martin Blake The arrival of Terry Milera and Ahmed Saad has had an immediate impact on St Kilda.

Football

Dees dump big names

Davey

Martin Blake and Matt Murnane Mark Neeld last night reacted savagely to the thrashing in Sydney, dumping veteran players.

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