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 Dale Thomas is on track to make his return to Collingwood's team at the Gabba on Saturday.
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.
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 Carlton's hard-nosed midfielder Mitch Robinson has joined the pre-season casualty list.
Martin Blake The young Bombers are bigger and, they hope, better, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Barry Richardson and Ron Barassi cobbled together the Irish experiment.
Martin Blake The mirage of a dramatically improved Richmond takes just one match to be exposed.
Martin Blake, Launceston Hawthorn's tough draw to start the season displeases coach Alastair Clarkson.
Martin Blake Melbourne has run out of patience with Jack Watts.
Martin Blake Luke Parker is flying under the radar at Sydney, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Eight months ago on the biggest stage the game offers, two young men hit flashpoints.
Martin Blake Roos' coach says win as important for supporters as for the players.
Martin Blake Hawthorn and Lance Franklin can breathe more easily after his report for rough play was thrown out by the match review panel.
Martin Blake Bulldogs break two-game losing streak in eclipsing Port Adelaide at Docklands.
Martin Blake OK, so the most attractive game's already come and gone, in Perth last night.
Martin Blake Mitch Clark's brilliant form was one of the few positives at Melbourne in 2012.