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.

Crucial free to O'Brien ruled 'wrong'

Harry O'Brien goes for a mark in the final moments against St Kilda while Stephen Milne (44) lurks.

Martin Blake Decision that appeared to cost St Kilda draw against Collingwood found to be wrong.

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Baby steps as Bombers on the mend

Dustin Fletcher

Martin Blake Essendon keeps taking two steps back for each step forward in the injury stakes.

Good man to have back

Marching on: Sean Dempster is feeling good.

Martin Blake Sean Dempster is taking the game on and he and St Kilda are benefiting.

Pieces of eight proves a flag fantasy

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Martin Blake In AFL footy, they don't do an FA Cup-style rags-to-riches thing. No fairytale stories like West Ham's triumph in 1980 from second division.

AFL

Richardson in mix for Power coaching job

Alan RICHARDSON

Martin Blake The Carlton senior assistant coach retains an ambition to coach at the highest level.

Bulldog Minson offered a week

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.

Hayes cleared by MRP

Mitch Duncan takes a mark against St KIlda that was later disallowed.

Martin Blake Lenny Hayes' reprieve by match review panel proves that not all head-high contact draw sanction.

Buckley wants MRP reviewed

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Martin Blake Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says he was "surprised" by the decision to reprieve Western Bulldog Will Minson for stomping and has called for the AFL to review the Match Review Panel at season’s...

Zero chance of complacency, says Ratten

Brett Ratten

Martin Blake The bad news for Carlton is that the Blues need to win both their remaining games to play finals.

Reprieve divides the experts

Western Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson.

Jared Lynch, Martin Blake Western Bulldog Will Minson's reprieve at the AFL Tribunal for stomping has fractured opinion among leading club officials and commentators.

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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A marvellous 'mockbuster'

Brett Harvey

Martin Blake North and Freo to star in off-Broadway hit, writes Martin Blake.

Docker upset locks in top eight

Fremantle's Hayden Ballentyne is chased by Liam Anthony.

Martin Blake Fremantle has turned the lower half of the top eight upside down.

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.