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 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.
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.
Martin Blake Ross Lyon and Fremantle are working well together, writes Martin Blake.
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.
Emma Quayle and Martin Blake Some of the more notable anomalies arising from the AFL's biggest award.
Martin Blake Sydney half-back Nick Malceski took centre stage in the final act of the classic.
Martin Blake Jobe Watson caps off his third consecutive outstanding year with the game's most prestigious and famous individual honour.
Martin Blake He's run the length of the field against the All Blacks and now he's kicking goals for the Swans.
Martin Blake, Sydney Sydney keeps on winning, relentlessly and impressively. You have to hand it to the top-of-the-table Swans.
Martin Blake, Sydney St Kilda rueing what coach Scott Watters calls a ''lost opportunity'' after a late fade-out.
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.
Martin Blake A top-four spot is probably already out of the question, for Essendon this season.
Martin Blake St Kilda on track for a small profit in 2012, and Saints taking old-school approach to raising money.
Martin Blake When Brendon Goddard was suspended recently, he had a heart-to-heart chat with his coach.