Luke Blackwell

Luke Blackwell (born 9 November 1986 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian rules footballer. He formerly played for Carlton in the Australian Football League (AFL), and for Claremont in the West Australian Football League (WAFL) where he was the winner of the 2011 Sandover Medal.

Luke Blackwell
Personal information
Full name Luke Blackwell
Nickname(s) Blackers
Date of birth (1986-11-09) 9 November 1986
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
Original team(s) Mazenod College
Draft 41st overall (F/S), 2004 National Draft
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004 Swan Districts (WAFL) 004 0(0)
2006–08 Carlton (AFL) 023 0(4)
2009–14 Claremont (WAFL) 107 (29)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2011 WAFL 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of Round 14, 2013.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early life

Blackwell was born in Melbourne, and moved to Portland at an early age when his father, Wayne Blackwell, was appointed coach of Portland Football Club in the Western Border Football League (WBFL). His family moved back to Western Australia in 1993, where Blackwell attended Mazenod College, Perth and later coached Perth from 1996 to 1998 and East Fremantle in 2000. His father also played for Claremont and Carlton.[1]

AFL career

Blackwell was recruited from Swan Districts by Carlton in the 2004 AFL Draft as the number 41 draft pick, under the father-son rule, being the son of former Carlton midfielder Wayne Blackwell. Luke Blackwell made his AFL debut in Round 8, 2006 against St Kilda.

Blackwell spent most of the 2005 season playing for the Northern Bullants, Carlton's VFL-affiliate, playing mainly as a midfielder, before his season was ended by a broken jaw. He began to break his way into the Carlton side in 2006, with his best game being the Round 13 clash against Brisbane, where he gathered 26 possessions and received two votes in the Brownlow Medal. He played ten of the last eleven games of the season.

In his last two seasons with Carlton, Blackwell was in and out of the senior team and was de-listed at the end of the 2008 season.[2]

WAFL career

Blackwell returned to Western Australia in 2009, joining the Claremont Football Club. He found more consistent form, winning the EB Cook Medal as Claremont's best and fairest in both 2009 and 2010. He was also awarded the Simpson Medal as best on ground for WAFL representative side against the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 2010, gathering 37 disposals.[3]

Blackwell won the 2011 Sandover Medal for the fairest and best player in the WAFL, polling 42 votes; he had been runner-up in for the award in 2010, losing to Swan Districts' Andrew Krakouer.[4] Blackwell was part of Claremont's 2011 premiership team, his first senior premiership.[5] He again won the EB Cook Medal for Claremont's best and fairest, for a third consecutive time.[6]

He was named in Claremont's "Greatest Ever Team", which was announced in late 2013.[7] He left Claremont at the end of 2014, returning to Victoria and joining Essendon District Football League club Aberfeldie in 2015.[8]


  1. Luke Blackwell – Blueseum. Last updated 30 May 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  2. Six and out for Blues –
  3. Luke Blackwell shines in WA's dull day
  4. Blackwell claims elusive Sandover
  5. "Grand Final 2011 - League". West Australian Football League. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  6. Claremont's Luke Blackwell adds EB Cook Medal to trophy cabinet – Written by Jordan McArdle. Published 20 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  7. "Moloney, Captain of the Club's Greatest Team". Claremont Football Club. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  8. "Blackwell chooses Aberfeldie as his destination as he arrives in Melbourne". Aberfeldie Football Club. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
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