Blake snares rising star award
By ANDREW BRASIER
EVERY year at Montmorency, a young player emerges from the pack to breathe new life into the senior list.
In 2018 it was teenager Blake Murphy who broke into the "ones'' and improved as the season went on.
The rover/goalsneak (pictured with his trophy) showed enough promise to snare the prestigious
Brian Bibby Rising Star Trophy at the recent (October 12) MFNC best and fairest awards, staged
at Bobby McGee's. Unfortunately the number of senior games he played meant the 18-year-old was not
eligible to play with his former Mont junior teammates in the under 19 grand final against Macleod and share
in their long-awaited premiership. But he gained plenty of valuable experience in the hurly burly of
NFNL division one footy. Mont reserves coach Rick LeGassick believes the sky is the limit for Murphy
in the seasons ahead.
"He plays like a seasoned veteran even though he is only a teenager,'' LeGassick says of the
youngster, whose older brother, Lachlan, plays with the Adelaide Crows. "He does not care
whom he plays against, and he is a classic example of someone who plays whatever role he has been
asked to do. He does it with aplomb.''
The reserves coach says while Murphy is a rover/small forward he is also capable of going into the
midfield when required.
"I reckon there is a big future for both him and Montmorency,'' LeGassick says. "He may spend more
time in the midfield.''