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 Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.
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 Carlton's hard-nosed midfielder Mitch Robinson has joined the pre-season casualty list.
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.
Martin Blake A month ago, Carlton was being touted as a premiership contender.
Martin Blake The mirage of a dramatically improved Richmond takes just one match to be exposed.
Martin Blake Under Grant Thomas, St Kilda did not particularly rate the importance of ruckmen.
Martin Blake Dayne Beams is grabbing his opportunity to shine with both hands and earning plaudits all round.
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...
Martin Blake The Carlton senior assistant coach retains an ambition to coach at the highest level.
Martin Blake Essendon will put its season on the line by fielding its best on-paper team for a month.
Martin Blake The bad news for Carlton is that the Blues need to win both their remaining games to play finals.
Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.
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.
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...
Martin Blake Carlton has lost key-position player Lachie Henderson for the season.
Martin Blake Highly motivated arch-rival superpowers meet in front of a packed house in a sudden-death final, having not won a final between them since 2002.
Martin Blake Brett Ratten believes his midfield will deliver victory, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Seamless is the best description for Dyson Heppell's entry to the big stage of AFL football.
Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.