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.

Zero chance of complacency, says Ratten

Brett Ratten

Martin Blake The bad news for Carlton is that the Blues need to win both their remaining games to play finals.

A marvellous 'mockbuster'

Brett Harvey

Martin Blake North and Freo to star in off-Broadway hit, writes Martin Blake.

Docker upset locks in top eight

Fremantle's Hayden Ballentyne is chased by Liam Anthony.

Martin Blake Fremantle has turned the lower half of the top eight upside down.

Dawes finds an opening as Magpies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

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...

AFL

Dawes finds an opening as Pies bolster ruck

Chris Dawes

Martin Blake Collingwood has made a last-ditch punt on Chris Dawes for the qualifying final.

Shock as All-Australian squad named

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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.

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From Scarlett to purple

Down and out: Matthew Scarlett leads the grim-faced Cats off the MCG last night.

Martin Blake Fremantle pulls off the most momentous win of its 18-year history in the AFL.

Lyon gets quick results with Freo

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon

Martin Blake Ross Lyon and Fremantle are working well together, writes Martin Blake.

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Football

Bombers close to full strength for decider

Essendon's Patrick Ryder battles with Carlton's Shaun Hampson.

Martin Blake Essendon will put its season on the line by fielding its best on-paper team for a month.

Probe into Freo's late pick

Aaron Sandilands of the Dockers handballs during the match against Richmond in Perth.

Martin Blake Tigers' angry response to late inclusion of ruckman Aaron Sandilands has a postscript.

Fyfe may shoulder load

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Nathan Fyfe of the Dockers looks to handball during the round 14 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Brisbane Lions at Patersons Stadium on June 25, 2011 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Martin Blake Fremantle midfielder Nat Fyfe appears set to play in tonight's game against St Kilda.

Happy and victorious

Hawks fly: Matthew Suckling kicks a goal in Hawthorn's big win over Fremantle at Aurora Stadium yesterday.

Martin Blake, Launceston Clint Young sang the club song with his brother, and they were a happy team at Hawthorn again.

AFL

Fighting Hawks look the real deal

Happy Hawthorn players

Martin Blake, Launceston Hawthorn's season back on track after Alistair Clarkson's team monsters Fremantle.