Mason Blakey’s second half of the year was more than enough reason for excitement. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
The Oscar Lipson Trophy winner, Mason Blakey proved himself to be a player for the future in 2017.
Here’s his year in review, thanks to Regency Windows.
TALE OF THE TAPE
THE YEAR THAT WAS
A broken hand couldn’t dampen what turned out to be a great debut year for Northern’s young gun, Mason Blakey.
Arriving at the club after being the captain of the Northern Knights in 2016, Blakey already had a taste of VFL football, debuting for the Blues when he was in his TAC Cup year as 23rd man.
Moving on from the disappointment of an injury sustained playing local footy, Blakey returned from 10 weeks on the sidelines against Box Hill.
Almost immediately, he was called up to the senior side as 23rd man, and would go onto play six of the final seven games of the season, earning his spot in the back-line.
He showed an ability to mix it with senior VFL players and AFL-listed opposition, slotting in seamlessly alongside the likes of Cameron O’Shea and Carlton youngster Harrison Macreadie.
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His commitment and form at senior level was one of the big positives to take from the end of the season, and he was acknowledged with the Best Clubman award in just his first year at the Blues.
Consistent at both levels in 2017, Blakey saved his best individual performance for last despite an unfortunate result for the Blues.
On a day when the Hawks had too many contributors for Northern to handle, Blakey defied his age and stood up valiantly against a Box Hill barrage.
The youngster recorded perfect votes in the Laurie Hill Trophy count for the performance, collecting 15 disposals and repelling a number of a rampant Box Hill attacks.
He was also one of his side’s best when they met Footscray in Round 16, playing a big role in the team kicking out to a big lead in the third quarter.
Despite the last term fadeout, Blakey’s defensive acts were a feature and set the tone for a very impressive final month of football.
BY THE NUMBERS
13.3 VFL disposals per game
3.5 VFL marks per game
3.7 VFL tackles per game
2.5 VFL rebound 50s per game