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Key Facts

Full name
Rod Blake

Known as
Rod Blake

15 June 1952 (age 70)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 348d
Last game: 31y 45d

Height and weight
Height: 199 cm
Weight: 94 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 16

Recruited from
Inverleigh (1971)

Family links
Mark Blake (Son)

Rod Blake

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AFL: 8,381st player to appear, 890th most games played, 931st most goals kickedGeelong: 730th player to appear, 62nd most games played, 66th most goals kicked

One of the tallest ruckmen - 199cm and 93.5kg - his long reach is difficult for opponents to counter and he can also mark strongly around the ground.¹

Recruited from Inverleigh, Geelong's Rod Blake made his VFL debut in 1971, but spent almost a decade in the shadow of his fellow ruckmen John Newman and Ian Hampshire before finally being given the opportunity to give full rein to his ability in 1980. Already renowned for his penchant for thumping the ball forward up to 40 metres from centre bounces, Blake quickly demonstrated that he also boasted great aerial prowess, considerable courage, and a sound football brain. He won the Cats' best and fairest award in 1980, and by the time he retired three years later had played a total of 176 VFL games, and kicked 113 goals. He also played three times for Victoria.

Author - John Devaney


1. “Football Record”, 13/10/80, page 34


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.