Blake Leary Wins 2017 Mendi Player of the Year

Friday, September 8, 2017


Last night saw the Townsville and District Mendi Blackhawks name Blake Leary as their 2017 Mendi Player of the Year.

Coach Kristian Woolf said Leary has been one of his most reliable players and very deserving of this award.

“Blake has been really consistent for us all year,” Woolf said.

“It was very close and could have gone to a number of our players, but Blake really stood out for us.”

“We know every week what we are going to get off him, and it’s always 100%.”

“He’s a tough competitor, and isn’t afraid to put in the hard work,”

“This award tonight has shown Blake that his efforts on and off the field, haven’t gone unnoticed.”

Leary said he was surprised but honoured to win the award.

“I really want to thank the Mendi Blackhawks for bringing me back to Townsville,” he said.

“I have loved every minute of it here.”

“Playing alongside these boys, has encouraged me to play some of my best footy, I can’t thank them enough.”

The night also paid tribute to retiring players Anthony Mitchell and Michael Parker-Walshe as well as Captain Daniel Beasley who is heading to France next month one a one year contract.


Other awards presented on the night included:

2017 Players Player

Anthony Mitchell

2017 Back of the Year

Jonathon Reuben

2017 Forward of the Year

Blake Leary

2017 Under 18’s Player of the Year

Enemarki Shibasaki

2017 Under 20’s Player of the Year

Brenn Foster