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 It was a difficult day at Geelong, with an ill wind howling out of the north.
Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.
Martin Blake Eight months ago on the biggest stage the game offers, two young men hit flashpoints.
Jesse Hogan and Martin Blake Teams for grand final rematch will bear strong resemblance to last year's decider.
Martin Blake Geelong's malaise is back, although the dreaded premiership hangover may be a way off yet.
Martin Blake Teams of this calibre in the bottom of the eight assure some surprises.
Martin Blake Geelong's players and coaching staff will wake up on the Gold Coast on Monday morning, choosing to escape the Victorian winter for a training camp for the second year in a row as they search for...
Martin Blake Fans stayed away, which was some occurrence for the stoic lot who follow Geelong.
Martin Blake Steve Johnson's concussion likely to prevent him from playing against Hawthorn.
Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.
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 Fremantle has turned the lower half of the top eight upside down.
Martin Blake Four Victorian clubs have made the finals and four from outside the game's heartland.
Martin Blake Surely the Steve Johnson bump on Dan Hannebery does not constitute a reportable offence?
Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final against Hawthorn at the MCG tonight after the out-of-form ruck-forward was dropped for the last round of the...
Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final.
Martin Blake Fremantle pulls off the most momentous win of its 18-year history in the AFL.
Martin Blake Geelong acknowledges that Josh Hunt needs to change the way he tackles.
Martin Blake Geelong picks another callow team for second-round NAB Cup encounter with Gold Coast.
Martin Blake CAM Mooney missed seeing the first goal of the 2011 grand final.