Player Profile - Blake Carr
My Career in Rugby League started at Gateshead Public School in 2004 when I was in Year 3. The first season I played Juniors which was really friendly however the second season was more competitive due to the introduction of the Paul Harragon Cup. In this competition I played in the Juniors and although we did not make the Finals our Seniors won the competition and were undefeated. In 2006 I played in the Seniors and we came into the competition as defending champions. We lost in the Semi-Finals. In 2007 we again competed in the Paul Harragon Cup and even though I was a run on player doing the kick-off duties we did not end up making the Finals.
In 2008 I played with my first Junior Club, the Windale Eagles. We played 5th division and played against Cessnock in the Elimination Semi-Final. Although we lost the match I scored a try. My statistics at the end of 2008 was three tries. The 2009 season started a little rough at Windale and I changed to Central Charlestown in the Under 15’s 5th Division where we finished as Minor Premiers. We played our Major Semi-Final at Lynn Park in Stockton where we lost our match 14-12 by a penalty conversion. Then we had Stockton in the Preliminary Final at Dora Creek where we won our match comprehensively which booked us a place in the Grand Final. In the lead up to the Grand Final I made a banner made of crepe paper for the players to run through which was nearly as big as the living room at home!
Finally, the big day came, which was played at the Maitland Sportsground against East Maitland. We had two setbacks to our players, one my former teammate Ryan Moir due to illness and I with a lower back complaint, fortunately trainers were able to treat my back so I could play. After our warm up we sat in the dressing room waiting for our match then finally the referee came and told us we were ready to play. East Maitland came first then we came out and ran through the banner which I made and waited for the referees whistle. We went to a great start scoring the first two tries but my back was starting to hurt but eventually the pain went away. East Maitland scored their first try of the afternoon then came half time. Our Coach told us not to let our guard down. East Maitland made a mistake from the kick off and we scored a try in the corner but then East Maitland scored another try and they were behind us by only two points. They had a chance to get in front but ended up losing the ball and we scored the next three tries and four conversions one of which was a penalty conversion. We ended up running away with the game, winning the competition and the title of being the Minor/Major Premiers. My Statistics for 2009 were three tries and two conversions.
In 2010 I played in the Under 16’s 3rd Division team which didn’t last long. I eventually played in the 1st division team for the under 16’s Central Charlestown team which unfortunately came last due to injuries. My Statistics for 2010 were two tries and one conversion.
My High School is Hunter Sports High School and I was asked by Sports Central - Targeted Sports Program Rugby League if I could do jobs for them. I accepted the role and started working for the Juniors. They were coached by Coaches at our school and also some Coaches from the Newcastle Knights which was great. I played in the Under 15’s Rugby League team which won the Tamworth Rugby League Gala Day. For Hunter Sports High School I now train in the Opens Squad.
In the NRL my favourite team is the Newcastle Knights. I have been a member for the club for two years and during the holidays I help with the Junior Development with ball work, tackling bags and stepping drills at the Easter holiday clinic, State of Origin Clinic and Junior Development clinic at Energy Australia Stadium and District Park. I follow the Newcastle Knights and try to go to some away matches and wear my Knights gear to show my support to the Knights at every home game. My goals in the future are to play for my school Hunter Sports High in an ARL Schoolboys Cup match and play for the Newcastle Knights Toyota Cup team.
Thanks to the following people who got me to the level of talent without them I would never got this far. Mr Elkington and Mr Frolich (Gateshead Public School), Paul Davies, Laurie Clifton, Justin Stewart, Ross Hanlon, Justin Ryder, Sharon Lomonaco, Mr Pascoe, Mrs VanWyck and my Principal Mrs Louise Gallagher (Hunter Sports High School), my Coach David Hosking, Team Manager Col Dorn, Trainers Warren Phillips, Rod Bridges and Rob Bradford, Michelle Graham, Neville Clifford, Staff and my teammates (Central Charlestown).
From Laurie Clifton - Coaching Consultant Hunter Sports High School, Junior Coaching Coordinator Newcastle Knights
“I have found Blake to be a positive and enthusiastic member of the Hunter Sports Rugby League program. His roles in the program makes the job of coaching teams a much easier job not having to worry about managerial duties such as equipment organisation, filling water bottles etc. With the confidence he has gained from being around elite players he has progressed his own game in his weekend football and was given the opportunity to play in a trial game for Hunter Sports where he scored a try much to the delight of his fellow players and the coaching staff of Hunter Sports. Blake also plays a role in school holidays with the Newcastle Knights Development team at coaching clinics, is a regular at Knights games, and also is a junior Knights member and wears the club colours with pride. Blake often spends time with me during the school holiday periods discussing the world of Rugby League and has a great knowledge of past grand finals and state of origin games. His knowledge extends to the ability to be able quote who won, the score line, point scorers from past eras. Blake has been the centre of attention at some discussions on rainy days when training has been called off and has amazed new students at the school when they have asked him a question on who won the 1966 or any other grand final. I am proud to be able to be associated with Blake and his enthusiasm can turn a bad day into a positive day, well done Blake Carr he deserves all the accolades he receives”.