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.

Schoe and tell: Hawks' most relieved man

Ryan Schoenmakers

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...

Football

Hawks haunted by grand Swan

Josh Kennedy

Martin Blake Next Saturday, former Hawk Josh Kennedy presents arguably the biggest single threat to Hawthorn's quest for an 11th premiership.

Martin Blake

Can the Hawks end the hoodoo?

Geelong v Hawthorn

Martin Blake Five key questions to ponder when assessing whether Hawthorn can break Geelong's spell.

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Clarkson hits out at draw as Hawks rue tough start

Defeat: Hawthorn's Luke Hodge in action against the Swans yesterday. The Hawks have endured a tough start to the season but may have an easier road ahead.

Martin Blake, Launceston Hawthorn's tough draw to start the season displeases coach Alastair Clarkson.

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Lewis gives Hawks vital morale boost

Martin Blake Hawthorn vice-captain tells teammates to view defeat by Sydney in proper perspective.

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.

Hawks put blowtorch on Ratten

Hawthorn v Carlton

Martin Blake Hawthorn defeats Carlton by 50 points without even breaking stride, piling on seven first-quarter goals to set it up.

Football

Hawk puts brain fade behind him

Ryan Schoenmakers.

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.

Hawk Smith is an up-and-comer

Isaac Smith

Martin Blake Isaac Smith is determined to go with the flow in his first experience of grand final week.

No place to run, or hide

Buddy Franklin and Ted Richards

Martin Blake Ted Richards is the modern backman personified; adaptable, competitive and strong.

Football

Malceski's snap is one for the ages

Sydney's Nick Malceski kicks the final goal of the match to give Sydney the premiership.

Martin Blake Sydney half-back Nick Malceski took centre stage in the final act of the classic.

AFL

'As a kid I hated Hawthorn': Hird gets personal

James Hird

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.

Hawthorn weighs up ruckman dilemma

Keen: Hawthorn's Max Bailey and David Hale.

Martin Blake A week ago, people were preparing to hand the premiership cup to Hawthorn.

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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.

Franklin back as Hawthorn ups the ante

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin

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...

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Collingwood won't be playing tag with Hawk midfield aces

Collingwood Magpie Scott Pendlebury.

Martin Blake Magpies star says winning the contested ball will be the key to the qualifying final.

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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Martin Blake

Preliminary discussions: Part three

Martin Blake Travis Cloke is the one. He has a history of troubling Sydney and is key to the Pie's chances.