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 All clubs have different agendas for the pre-season, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Scott Thompson was innocent and rightly was cleared by the AFL's match review panel.
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 In AFL footy, they don't do an FA Cup-style rags-to-riches thing. No fairytale stories like West Ham's triumph in 1980 from second division.
Martin Blake Finishers are the must-have item this season, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Four Victorian clubs have made the finals and four from outside the game's heartland.
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 For reasons that are not all that clear, Sydney has a problem with the Adelaide Crows.
Martin Blake Everyone falls in love with the qualifying final winners and dumps the losers, but recent history shows that it is not necessarily a good guide to the preliminary finals.
Martin Blake Travis Cloke is the one. He has a history of troubling Sydney and is key to the Pie's chances.
Martin Blake Arguably the most relieved man at Hawthorn today was Ryan Schoenmakers, the Hawks' centre half-back whose brain-fade late in the final quarter gifted a goal to Adelaide's Jason Porplyzia and almost...
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.
Jesse Hogan and Martin Blake Teams for grand final rematch will bear strong resemblance to last year's decider.
Matt Murnane and Martin Blake This year's AFL fixture throws up its challenges and opportunities for all clubs - even if the balance of each is not the same - and St Kilda and Carlton are facing their challenging periods right...
Martin Blake OK, so the most attractive game's already come and gone, in Perth last night.
Martin Blake Taylor Walker hits a brick wall in the form of the match review panel in his groundbreaking season.
Martin Blake Steve Morris has been on television more in the past few days than in the rest of his life.
Martin Blake Adelaide’s key forward Taylor Walker, St Kilda star Brendon Goddard, Hawthorn defender Brent Guerra, Essendon half-forward Stewart Crameri and Richmond on-baller Daniel Jackson have all incurred the...