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 Arguably the most relieved man at Hawthorn yesterday was Ryan Schoenmakers, whose brain fade late in the final quarter almost cost his team a spot in the grand final.
Martin Blake Next Saturday, former Hawk Josh Kennedy presents arguably the biggest single threat to Hawthorn's quest for an 11th premiership.
Martin Blake Isaac Smith is determined to go with the flow in his first experience of grand final week.
Martin Blake Ted Richards is the modern backman personified; adaptable, competitive and strong.
Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.
Martin Blake Brad Sewell is the most likely marker for Josh Kennedy on Saturday.
Martin Blake Sydney half-back Nick Malceski took centre stage in the final act of the classic.
Martin Blake Jobe Watson caps off his third consecutive outstanding year with the game's most prestigious and famous individual honour.
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 A top-four spot is probably already out of the question, for Essendon this season.
Martin Blake St Kilda on track for a small profit in 2012, and Saints taking old-school approach to raising money.
Martin Blake Carlton has lost key-position player Lachie Henderson for the season.
Martin Blake When Brendon Goddard was suspended recently, he had a heart-to-heart chat with his coach.
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 Essendon coach James Hird is looking forward to renewing his club's rivalry with Hawthorn at Docklands tomorrow night, although he has bigger things on his mind.
Jared Lynch, Martin Blake Luke Hodge is set to captain Hawthorn for just the third time this season in tonight's clash with Essendon, while Bombers speedster Jason Winderlich will play his first game for the season in his...
Martin Blake Ben McEvoy has played in a grand final and lost. He'll use it to help St Kilda into a new era.
Martin Blake Brendon Goddard's 200th game turns out to be one of his best for the Saints.
Martin Blake Steve Johnson's concussion likely to prevent him from playing against Hawthorn.
Martin Blake Scott Thompson was innocent and rightly was cleared by the AFL's match review panel.