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.

AFL

Bye a chance for badly beaten Bulldogs to refocus

Martin Blake Bulldogs captain says that the bye straight after the club's worst performance of the season was bittersweet.

Bulldogs legend Charlie Sutton dies

Charlie Sutton in 1950

Martin Blake Footscray legend Charlie Sutton, captain and coach of the Bulldogs' only premiership team, in 1954, has died.

AFL

Hall back with the Bulldogs

Once bitten: Barry Hall (left) receives his guernsey from Bob Murphy in his welcome back to the kennel yesterday.

Martin Blake Barry Hall back at Whitten Oval, but not reconsidering his retirement from football.

Wreck and ruin

Sydney v St Kilda

Martin Blake, Sydney St Kilda rueing what coach Scott Watters calls a ''lost opportunity'' after a late fade-out.

Goddard says commitment to Saints not in doubt

St Kilda's Brendon Goddard

Martin Blake St Kilda's Brendon Goddard says he is happy with the way contract talks are moving with the club, despite the fact he has not committed to the Saints beyond this season.

Wake up Dons: season is slipping by

Martin-Blake-sport-dinks

Martin Blake A top-four spot is probably already out of the question, for Essendon this season.

Up front and personal, just the ticket

Saints be praised.

Martin Blake St Kilda on track for a small profit in 2012, and Saints taking old-school approach to raising money.

Fiery Goddard embraces calmer side

Here, catch: Brendon Goddard prepares for his 200th game on Sunday.

Martin Blake When Brendon Goddard was suspended recently, he had a heart-to-heart chat with his coach.

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Ben there, done that

Country boy: Ben McEvoy finds the city claustrophobic and enjoys living at Mt Martha.

Martin Blake Ben McEvoy has played in a grand final and lost. He'll use it to help St Kilda into a new era.

Goddard and Saints rise to the occasion

Brendon Goddard

Martin Blake Brendon Goddard's 200th game turns out to be one of his best for the Saints.

Martin Blake

Can the Hawks end the hoodoo?

Geelong v Hawthorn

Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.

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Rocket power

Rodney Eade

Martin Blake and Jon Pierik Rodney Eade a potential candidate, Scott Burns endorsed as coach-in-waiting after Matthew Primus quits Port Adelaide.

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Six-day rule costs Swan two games

Suspended: Dane Swan's indiscretion has cost him a two-match ban.

Martin Blake and Jake Niall Collingwood's hard-line decision based on a season-long ban on drinking alcohol six days before a game.

Home is where the party is, Roo says

Nathan Grima

Martin Blake North Melbourne defender says Melbourne-raised players have tougher task to reach league's high professional standards.

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.

One Dog no match for Swans

Adam Goodes celebrates a goal.

Martin Blake This is a tale of team versus individual. Almost inevitably, the former wins. It is simple mathematics.

Bulldog Minson offered a week

Martin Blake Western Bulldogs' season of woe is made worse with ruckman Will Minson being offered a one-match suspension for stomping by the AFL's match review panel.

Stomping reprimand for Bulldog

Will Minson

Martin Blake Western Bulldogs' ruckman Will Minson has won a reprieve from the AFL Tribunal.

Reprieve divides the experts

Western Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson.

Jared Lynch, Martin Blake Western Bulldog Will Minson's reprieve at the AFL Tribunal for stomping has fractured opinion among leading club officials and commentators.