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 A top-four spot is probably already out of the question, for Essendon this season.
Martin Blake Rodney Eade is a potential candidate for the vacant Port Adelaide coaching job.
Martin Blake A week ago, people were preparing to hand the premiership cup to Hawthorn.
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 The Carlton senior assistant coach retains an ambition to coach at the highest level.
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.
Martin Blake Four Victorian clubs have made the finals and four from outside the game's heartland.
Martin Blake For reasons that are not all that clear, Sydney has a problem with the Adelaide Crows.
Martin Blake Emotional Collingwood players broke down in tears in the MCG dressing rooms last night as the death of former teammate John McCarthy hit home and they willed themselves into a preliminary final for...
Martin Blake Jack Watts was ostensibly dropped for the Demons' final practice game against Port Adelaide.
Martin Blake A MONTH ago, Carlton was being touted as a premiership contender. Four weeks on, the Blues have all but doused that particular flame themselves.
Martin Blake A month ago, Carlton was being touted as a premiership contender.
Martin Blake Collingwood's injury crisis has hit epic proportions, with Heath Shaw and Dale Thomas breaking down with hamstring strains.
Martin Blake A phlegmatic Collingwood is dealing with its worst injury blight in years as another two star players went down yesterday.
Martin Blake and Jesse Hogan Kirk Ugle is this year's Anzac Day project player. In the spirit of the clubs giving a young player his debut on the biggest of home-and-away stages, Ugle, 19, was the surprise inclusion in...
Martin Blake, Launceston Hawthorn's tough draw to start the season displeases coach Alastair Clarkson.
Martin Blake The clubs are not perfect in rewarding their defenders, but they are at least on to it.
Martin Blake It used to be known as the 'loose man in defence'. Now it has become the 'plus-one' system.
Jesse Hogan and Martin Blake Teams for grand final rematch will bear strong resemblance to last year's decider.
Martin Blake The arrival of Terry Milera and Ahmed Saad has had an immediate impact on St Kilda.