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.


All black and white, a great win for Demons

Melbourne's James Magner bobbed up everywhere.

Martin Blake Melbourne secures the best win of new coach Mark Neeld's fledgling career by surprising Collingwood.


Watts only a chance to play for Demons

Jack Watts kicks a goal.

Martin Blake Melbourne coach Mark Neeld said today centre half-forward Jack Watts would be "in the mix" for a return to the team for tomorrow's game against Hawthorn, but would not guarantee it.

Face your demons

Greater Western Sydney's Tom Scully

Martin Blake Tom Scully is going to a place a few have been before him, and none found it pleasant.

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Demons in remix after Clark loss

Even with Mitch Clark, Melbourne is scoring only 69 points a game - 16th in the competition.

Martin Blake The numbers indicate that Mitch Clark's loss could be devastating for Melbourne.

Never a punch pulled

Player-coach: Ray ''Slug'' Jordon in his heyday as Victorian wicketkeeper

Martin Blake Ray Jordon had a way with words. Choice words. Australian words.

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.


Steely Dees ground Pies

Open wide: Collingwood's Heath Shaw spoils Michael Hartley.

Martin Blake Melbourne was the better team all night; only poor conversion stopped it from dominating.

Jurrah on home leave

Liam Jurrah leaves the field with an injured arm after the round 23 game against the Gold Coast Suns last season.

Martin Blake Melbourne gives forward leave to return home to deal with family matters.

Jurrah appears at Melbourne training

Melbourne footballer Liam Jurrah works out in the gym.

Martin Blake Liam Jurrah returned to Melbourne Football Club today, completing the first of many training sessions he hopes will bring him back to the field as he confronts serious assault allegations.

AFL boss slams indigenous 'risk'

Liam Jurrah

Michael Gleeson and Martin Blake AFL challenges suggestions of change in attitude to recruiting indigenous players.


Watts to 'rest'

Jack Watts.

Martin Blake Jack Watts was ostensibly dropped for the Demons' final practice game against Port Adelaide.


Dees dump Watts for Cats clash

Jack Watts

Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.

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Demonised coach shrugs off trial by fire

Mark Neeld

Martin Blake It's hard to remember an AFL coach who had a tougher initiation than Mark Neeld.

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Bunker down and stick with the club: Neeld

Martin Blake Melbourne's besieged coach Mark Neeld has made an impassioned plea for Demons supporters to stick with the club in the midst of an unbroken eight-game losing streak.


Be patient, urges Neeld

Mark Neeld

Martin Blake Embattled coach Mark Neeld has tried to reassure Melbourne supporters.


Dees dump big names


Martin Blake and Matt Murnane Mark Neeld last night reacted savagely to the thrashing in Sydney, dumping veteran players.

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Magpies sitting pretty with percentage boost

Winners are grinners: Collingwood's Alan Didak is all smiles.

Martin Blake Collingwood gives itself an important percentage boost by flogging Gold Coast at the MCG last night, despite an injury scare involving Scott Pendlebury.


Bombers fall short as Swans soar

.Essendon's Patrick Ryder battles with Sydney's Shane Mumford at Etihad.

Martin Blake The AFL's surprise new ladder-leader, Sydney, beat Essendon by four points in one of the games of the season.


Magpie believes Cloke will stay

Travis Cloke.

Martin Blake Tyson Goldsack says he does not blame the centre half-forward for testing the free agency market but is sure the in-demand forward will stay a Magpie.


Buckley's list just goes on and on

Nathan Buckley with Alan Didak

Martin Blake Collingwood is football's hydra. Cut someone down in black and white and another pops up, hungrier and just as dangerous.