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.

Hayes is St Kilda's best

Lenny Hayes.

Martin Blake Lenny Hayes has won his third Trevor Barker Award as St Kilda's best and fairest player.

AFL

St Kilda, Sydney in Anzac Day clash in NZ

The Saints will play the Swans on Anzac Day next year in New Zealand.

Martin Blake AFL admits success or failure of St Kilda's Wellington venture could determine whether the league tries to put a team in New Zealand.

Alleged St Kilda fat slur 'isolated'

St Kilda

Jared Lynch, Martin Blake The AFL will not take further action against St Kilda after Saints players marred Women's Round by becoming embroiled in claims they degraded a young fan by refusing to pose for photographs.

Blues battlers to the end

Departing Carlton coach Brett Ratten

Martin Blake Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.

Stevie J pays a high price

Steve Johnson.

Martin Blake Surely the Steve Johnson bump on Dan Hannebery does not constitute a reportable offence?

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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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Goldsack on track to tackle Eagles

Magpie forward Tyson Goldsack

Martin Blake Utility continues push for inclusion in Collingwood's team for semi-final.

AFL

Saints, Swans to play on Anzac Day in NZ

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Martin Blake St Kilda and Sydney will play the first AFL match for premiership points outside Australia in New Zealand on Anzac Day in 2013.

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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Bloodlines run deep: Bolton set for his 300th game

Sydney's Jude Bolton

Martin Blake I GUESS Jude was always going to be tough. He had to be. Growing up with two sporty elder brothers, their grand finals and Test matches in the Ballarat backyard were brutal.

Brownlow quirks and oddities

Brownlow anomalies.

Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.

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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

Reward at last for Dons' skipper

Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson polled in a record 14 games.

Martin Blake Jobe Watson caps off his third consecutive outstanding year with the game's most prestigious and famous individual honour.

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Pyke, tryer

Making his mark: Canadian Mike Pyke has adapted to AFL with considerable aplomb.

Martin Blake He's run the length of the field against the All Blacks and now he's kicking goals for the Swans.

Swans just keep on winning

Flying high: Swan Craig Bird celebrates a goal against St Kilda at the SCG yesterday.

Martin Blake, Sydney Sydney keeps on winning, relentlessly and impressively. You have to hand it to the top-of-the-table Swans.

Wreck and ruin

Sydney v St Kilda

Martin Blake, Sydney St Kilda rueing what coach Scott Watters calls a ''lost opportunity'' after a late fade-out.

Goddard says commitment to Saints not in doubt

St Kilda's Brendon Goddard

Martin Blake St Kilda's Brendon Goddard says he is happy with the way contract talks are moving with the club, despite the fact he has not committed to the Saints beyond this season.

Wake up Dons: season is slipping by

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Martin Blake A top-four spot is probably already out of the question, for Essendon this season.

Up front and personal, just the ticket

Saints be praised.

Martin Blake St Kilda on track for a small profit in 2012, and Saints taking old-school approach to raising money.

Fiery Goddard embraces calmer side

Here, catch: Brendon Goddard prepares for his 200th game on Sunday.

Martin Blake When Brendon Goddard was suspended recently, he had a heart-to-heart chat with his coach.

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