Phil Blake

Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Sunday, 24th November, 1963
Current Age
57 years and 326 days

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Rookie Of The Year
1982
Dally M Five-Eighth Of The Year
1989

Biography

Manly junior burst onto the league scene as an 18-year-old halfback in 1982. Blake was a brilliant prospect, possessing a perfect chip-kick, with great anticipation and positional play, and was unlucky not to tour with the Kangaroos that year. A try-scorer in Manly's grand final loss to P’matta in 1982 (and 'Dally M' Rookie of the Year), he scored a club record 27 tries fin the 1983 season. Under coach Bob Fulton in 1983-84, Blake's defensive lapses were exposed and after persevering as a winger, he went to England (Warrington 1985-86) before switching to Souths where he secured his favoured five-eighth role. His career at Souths brought momentary stability, including State of Origin selection as a reserve in 1989. Blake left Souths the following year but despite scoring over 100 first grade tries, failed to re-establish a first-grade place at either Norths (1991) or Canberra (1992). Lining up with St George, Blake produced glimpses of his old magic in 1993, including an appearance in the grand final against Brisbane, but the 1994 season was unrewarding. Blake joined his sixth Sydney premiership club, the Auckland Warriors, in 1995 and scored the club's first premiership try in the 25-22 loss to Brisbane. He returned to Manly at the beginning of 1998 and trained with the club pre-season before announcing his retirement. Blake was later assistant coach to Craig Coleman at Souths in 2002-03.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

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Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City 1988 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
New South Wales 1989 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
Overall 1988-1989 2 0 0   0 - 1 1 0 50.00% List


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly NSWRFL 1982 14 9 -   2 29 8 6 0 57.14% List
Manly NSWRFL 1983 24 27 -   2 110 20 4 0 83.33% List
Manly NSWRL 1984 24 11 -   - 44 13 11 0 54.17% List
Manly NSWRL 1985 15 3 -   1 13 7 7 1 46.67% List
Manly NSWRL 1986 25 13 -   2 54 14 10 1 56.00% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1987 15 5 -   4 24 7 8 0 46.67% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1988 20 14 -   1 57 11 8 1 55.00% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1989 21 12 6 / 11 54.55% - 60 16 5 0 76.19% List
South Sydney NSWRL 1990 19 6 2 / 3 66.67% 1 29 2 17 0 10.53% List
North Sydney NSWRL 1991 11 1 -   1 5 8 2 1 72.73% List
Canberra NSWRL 1992 16 5 -   1 21 9 7 0 56.25% List
St George NSWRL 1993 20 8 -   - 32 15 5 0 75.00% List
St George NSWRL 1994 9 7 -   - 28 5 4 0 55.56% List
Auckland ARL 1995 17 14 -   - 56 9 8 0 52.94% List
Auckland ARL 1996 18 3 -   - 12 8 10 0 44.44% List
Auckland Super League 1997 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% List
Overall 1982-1997 270 138 8   15 574 152 114 4 56.30% List

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly 1982-86 102 63 -   7 250 62 38 2 60.78% List
South Sydney 1987-90 75 37 8 / 14 57.14% 6 170 36 38 1 48.00% List
North Sydney 1991 11 1 -   1 5 8 2 1 72.73% List
Canberra 1992 16 5 -   1 21 9 7 0 56.25% List
St George 1993-94 29 15 -   - 60 20 9 0 68.97% List
Warriors 1995-97 37 17 -   - 68 17 20 0 45.95% List
Overall 1982-1997 270 138 8   15 574 152 114 4 56.30% List

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly 1982-84, 1986 7 5 -   2 18 3 4 0 42.86% List
South Sydney 1987, 1989 4 2 -   1 9 1 3 0 25.00% List
St George 1993 3 2 -   - 8 2 1 0 66.67% List
Overall 1982-1993 14 9 0   3 35 6 8 0 42.86% List

English League Career - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Warrington Championship 1985/86 19 22 -   1 89 13 6 0 68.42% List
Warrington Championship 1988/89 24 18 -   3 75 14 10 0 58.33% List
Wigan Championship 1989/90 10 7 13   - 54 8 2 0 80.00% List
Overall 1985-1990 53 47 13   4 218 35 18 0 66.04% List

English League Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Warrington 1985, 1988 43 22 -   1 89 27 16 0 62.79% List
Wigan 1989 10 7 13   - 54 8 2 0 80.00% List
Overall 1985-1990 53 47 13   4 218 35 18 0 66.04% List

Your Say

Ian Ann Away says: Great maneuverability. Could easily have played for an additional 5 or 6 clubs! (29/03/2014)

Alan Jones says: Was also a good accomplished junior cricketer who could have easily become a rep player at state level and maybe higher (29/03/2015)

Pete says: Played for more clubs than a bad Elvis impersonator but he was such a dynamic entertaining player. Remember the 82 season when he took the competition by storm. Very unlucky throughout his career not to make rep teams. Explosive speed and skill ,great to watch. (16/12/2017)

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