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 Lenny Hayes has won his third Trevor Barker Award as St Kilda's best and fairest player.
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.
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.
Martin Blake Decision that appeared to cost St Kilda draw against Collingwood found to be wrong.
Martin Blake Essendon keeps taking two steps back for each step forward in the injury stakes.
Martin Blake Sean Dempster is taking the game on and he and St Kilda are benefiting.
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.
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 Lenny Hayes' reprieve by match review panel proves that not all head-high contact draw sanction.
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...
Martin Blake The bad news for Carlton is that the Blues need to win both their remaining games to play finals.
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.
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...
Martin Blake North and Freo to star in off-Broadway hit, writes Martin Blake.
Martin Blake Fremantle has turned the lower half of the top eight upside down.
Martin Blake Brett Ratten's last game for Carlton ends in more heartache, with St Kilda winning by 15 points.
Martin Blake Surely the Steve Johnson bump on Dan Hannebery does not constitute a reportable offence?
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 Utility continues push for inclusion in Collingwood's team for semi-final.