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.

The Tigers' fade a habit they must break

Adelaide v Richmond

Martin Blake Three consecutive defeats by less than a goal will test the patience of any fan.

Cats and Tigers fall to ill winds

Eyes on the ball: Geelong's Harry Taylor keeps the Sherrin in sight against Richmond's Jack Riewoldt.

Martin Blake It was a difficult day at Geelong, with an ill wind howling out of the north.

AFL

Tigers get Goodes news with star out

Adam Goodes grimaces as he holds his back during the match against the Adelaide Crows.

Martin Blake Richmond has just won the footballing equivalent of the lottery.

Tagging talented Tigers has Saint on the march

Clint Jones

Martin Blake Clint Jones will have slept easily last night. He will have known his opponent for tonight's game against Richmond, most likely Trent Cotchin, and that he is required to lock down on him for the sake...

Tigers ready to take on AFL's big spenders

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

Martin Blake Damien Hardwick calls it footy's ''arms race''. Richmond has been outgunned for years in football department spending, and knows that it matters.

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Tigers ready to embrace the growing hype

Richmond Tigers

Martin Blake Richmond has 50,000 members for the first time in its history and a growing bandwagon, but coach Damien Hardwick is not trying to apply the brakes.

AFL

Blues too sharp for Tigers

Round one: Richmond vs Carlton.

Martin Blake The mirage of a dramatically improved Richmond takes just one match to be exposed.

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Football

Bombers close to full strength for decider

Essendon's Patrick Ryder battles with Carlton's Shaun Hampson.

Martin Blake Essendon will put its season on the line by fielding its best on-paper team for a month.

Martin Blake

Swan Luke

Sydney Swans player, Luke Parker, currently one of the best young players in the comp. 10th May 2012
Photograph by Dallas Kilponen

Martin Blake Luke Parker is flying under the radar at Sydney, writes Martin Blake.

Football

Dees dump big names

Davey

Martin Blake and Matt Murnane Mark Neeld last night reacted savagely to the thrashing in Sydney, dumping veteran players.

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Five reasons to watch the footy in a dud round

Luke Dahlhaus, Cyril Rioli, Lance Franklin and Jonathon Patton

Martin Blake OK, so the most attractive game's already come and gone, in Perth last night.

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AFL

Rookie decision: Magpies back Irish youngster

Collingwood's Caolan Mooney

Martin Blake Collingwood elevates Irish teenager Caolan Mooney from its rookie list and picks him to play against Fremantle.

Vickery's season is over

Ty Vickery.

Martin Blake Richmond ruck-forward will have shoulder reconstruction and miss rest of the year.

Tiger keeps thoughts on tackle in-school

Child's play: Steve Morris conducts a clinic at Yarra Bend Park yesterday.

Martin Blake Steve Morris has been on television more in the past few days than in the rest of his life.

AFL

How can Carlton stop Jumpin' Jack?

Mine, all mine... Jack Riewoldt marks during last year's round one game against the Blues at the MCG.

Martin Blake Brett Ratten believes his midfield will deliver victory, writes Martin Blake.