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 Barry Hall back at Whitten Oval, but not reconsidering his retirement from football.
Martin Blake Bulldogs captain says that the bye straight after the club's worst performance of the season was bittersweet.
Martin Blake Footscray legend Charlie Sutton, captain and coach of the Bulldogs' only premiership team, in 1954, has died.
Martin Blake Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson and Western Bulldogs skipper Matthew Boyd are among the unlucky players who missed out on All-Australian squad selection yesterday.
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.
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...
Martin Blake and Jon Pierik Rodney Eade a potential candidate, Scott Burns endorsed as coach-in-waiting after Matthew Primus quits Port Adelaide.
Martin Blake and Jake Niall Collingwood's hard-line decision based on a season-long ban on drinking alcohol six days before a game.
Martin Blake North Melbourne defender says Melbourne-raised players have tougher task to reach league's high professional standards.
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 This is a tale of team versus individual. Almost inevitably, the former wins. It is simple mathematics.
Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.
Martin Blake and Jared Lynch Western Bulldogs defender Bob Murphy says there is a ''sick fascination'' about guessing how many AFL players are gay.
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.
Martin Blake Western Bulldogs will have a new look when they begin their 2012 campaign at Blacktown.
Martin Blake Brian Lake is back, and the all-Australian defender will have some fanfare as he runs out for the Western Bulldogs against Carlton in a NAB Cup second-rounder on Sunday.
Martin Blake Western Bulldogs want Brian Lake to turn back the clock, in more ways than one, in 2012.
Martin Blake Melbourne was the better team all night; only poor conversion stopped it from dominating.
Martin Blake Senior, experienced players to take part in final practice match against reigning premier Geelong.