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.

Football

Magpies ace Thomas set to return for Lions clash

Martin Blake Dale Thomas is on track to make his return to Collingwood's team at the Gabba on Saturday.

Rocket power

Rodney Eade

Martin Blake and Jon Pierik Rodney Eade a potential candidate, Scott Burns endorsed as coach-in-waiting after Matthew Primus quits Port Adelaide.

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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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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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AFL

Dees dump Watts for Cats clash

Jack Watts

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

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Swan Luke

Sydney Swans player, Luke Parker, currently one of the best young players in the comp. 10th May 2012
Photograph by Dallas Kilponen

Martin Blake Luke Parker is flying under the radar at Sydney, writes Martin Blake.

Pies, Cats up for rematch

Geelong's Tom Hawkins battles with Collingwood's Ben Reid.

Martin Blake Eight months ago on the biggest stage the game offers, two young men hit flashpoints.

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Roos bag points, but Scott still worries

Andrew Swallow is congratulated by teammate Aaron Edwards after kicking a goal at Etihad Stadium yesterday.

Martin Blake Roos' coach says win as important for supporters as for the players.

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AFL

Franklin in the clear, but Cat fined for misconduct

Lance Franklin.

Martin Blake Hawthorn and Lance Franklin can breathe more easily after his report for rough play was thrown out by the match review panel.

Dogs pound Port to break losing streak

Vale: Western Bulldogs mascot Sid, part of a guard of honour in memory of Charlie Sutton.

Martin Blake Bulldogs break two-game losing streak in eclipsing Port Adelaide at Docklands.

Five reasons to watch the footy in a dud round

Luke Dahlhaus, Cyril Rioli, Lance Franklin and Jonathon Patton

Martin Blake OK, so the most attractive game's already come and gone, in Perth last night.

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Dees despair: Clark out for season

Mitch Clark is out for the season.

Martin Blake Mitch Clark's brilliant form was one of the few positives at Melbourne in 2012.

Football

Another casualty for Blues

AFL Round 18. Essendon vs Carlton at the MCG.
Blues midfielder Mitch Robinson in action.
Melbourne. 23 July 2011.
Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Martin Blake Carlton's hard-nosed midfielder Mitch Robinson has joined the pre-season casualty list.

Incredible bulk

Michael Hurley accepts plaudits from fans yesterday.

Martin Blake The young Bombers are bigger and, they hope, better, writes Martin Blake.

Tall, skinny kid with an Irish suntan

Martin Blake Barry Richardson and Ron Barassi cobbled together the Irish experiment.

AFL

Blues too sharp for Tigers

Round one: Richmond vs Carlton.

Martin Blake The mirage of a dramatically improved Richmond takes just one match to be exposed.

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