It was a breakout year for Mason Blakey at VFL level. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
With the 2018 season done and dusted, it’s time to look back on the performances from the Northern Blues players in the year that was.
The Regency Windows player reviews are back for another season: next up is the Club’s No.7, Mason Blakey.
BY THE NUMBERS (averages in brackets)
Disposals: 190 (10.6) Contested possessions: 75 (4.2) Marks: 53 (2.9) Tackles: 57 (3.2) Rebound 50s: 34 (1.9)
2018 IN FOCUS
A player and a leader for the future. That’s the brand Mason Blakey built for himself in 2018.
Blakey — who enjoyed his 20th birthday last month — marked a personally memorable season by playing every game. It came after a strong pre-season where he was named as one of three young vice-captains to take the Northern Blues forward.
The former Northern Knights captain forged a reputation as a hard-to-beat small defender, locking down on small forwards and defending resolutely.
Come the end of the campaign, Blakey was rewarded with the Oscar Lipson Bullants Spirit Award for his investment on and off the field. If 2018 is anything to go by, the No.7 will be a valuable contributor for the Northern Blues for years to come.
A great clubman and a footballer's footballer to boot.
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) September 14, 2018
Defending with purpose and speed built the foundation of Blakey’s game in 2018, with that never more evident than against Footscray in Round 12.
Despite the Blues going down by one straight kick, Blakey stood up in key moments in a tight contest. He would ultimately poll seven votes in the Laurie Hill Trophy for his efforts.
While he kicked his solitary goal of the season in Round 17, the gritty back-man produced his best moment in Round 11 with a trademark defensive act.
Opposed and isolated against former teammate Andrew Gallucci inside 50, Blakey produced a spoil running back with the flight. From there, he produced a strong tackle and a deft tap to advantage get the Blues going.
We've just about narrowed it down to four.
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) June 25, 2018