Blake Ayshford

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Blake Ayshford
Blake Ayshford Cronulla Sharks.jpg
Personal information
Born (1988-04-15) 15 April 1988 (age 31)
Paddington, New South Wales, Australia
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Centre
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2009–13 Wests Tigers 1043300132
2014–15 Cronulla Sharks 201004
2016– New Zealand Warriors 44130052
Total1684700188
As of 4 March 2018
Source: [1] [2]

Blake Ayshford (born 15 April 1988) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a centre for the New Zealand Warriors in the NRL. He previously played for the Wests Tigers and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.

Rugby league team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby league football is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

New Zealand Warriors rugby league football club

The New Zealand Warriors are a professional rugby league football club based in Auckland, New Zealand that compete in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and are the League's only team from outside Australia. They were formed in 1995 as the Auckland Warriors, and are officially known as the Vodafone Warriors for sponsorship reasons. The Warriors are coached by Stephen Kearney and captained by Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. They are based at Mt Smart Stadium in the Auckland suburb of Penrose.

National Rugby League Australasian rugby league football competition

The National Rugby League (NRL) is a league of professional men's rugby league teams in Australia. Run by the Australian Rugby League Commission, the NRL's main competition is known as the Telstra Premiership due to sponsorship from Telstra Corporation and is contested by sixteen teams, fifteen of which are based in Australia with one based in New Zealand. It is the most viewed and attended rugby league club competition in the world.

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Background

Ayshford played his junior football with the Paddington-Woollahra Tigers and Coogee Randwick Wombats, representing the 2007 Junior Kangaroos & New South Wales at an under 17s and under 19s level. In 2006 he played for Endeavour Sports High School when they won the Arrive Alive Cup. [3]

The Coogee Randwick Wombats are an Australian rugby league football team based in Coogee, New South Wales and Randwick, New South Wales a suburb of south-central Sydney and play in the South Sydney District Junior Rugby Football League.

The Junior Kangaroos side represents Australia in the sport of rugby league. They are commonly known as the Junior Kangaroos, after the native marsupial of that name.

Endeavour Sports High School

Endeavour Sports High School (ESHS) is a designated sports high school located in the Southern Sydney suburb of Caringbah. It is a selective, comprehensive co-educational school which bases its enrollment on students being proficient in a targeted sport or living in the relatively small local catchment area of the school. The school's alumni include many former and current sportspeople, and Endeavour is well regarded in its sporting development of its students.

Blake's uncle, Bruce, played for Easts in 1969. [4] He is of Irish descent [5]

Bruce Ayshford is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer who played professionally Eastern Suburbs Roosters. Ayshford played in the NSWRFL premiership, where he was Rooster number #591.

Sydney Roosters rugby league football club

The Sydney Roosters is an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. The club competes in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition and is one of the oldest and most successful clubs in Australian rugby league history, having won fourteen New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and National Rugby League titles, and several other competitions. Only the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Dragons have won more premierships. The club holds the record for having the most wins and the second greatest margin of victory in a match in Australian rugby league history, and has won more minor premierships than any other club. The Roosters is one of only two clubs to finish runners-up in its inaugural season. The Eastern Suburbs DRLFC is the only club to have played in each and every season at the elite level, and since the 1970s has often been dubbed the "glamour club" of the league. Coached by Trent Robinson along with captains Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend, the Roosters play their home games at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Ireland Island in north-west Europe, 20th largest in world, politically divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (a part of the UK)

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth.

Playing career

Ayshford played in the junior grades with the Sydney Roosters, before signing with the Wests Tigers.

Wests Tigers rugby league football club

The Wests Tigers are an Australian professional rugby league football merger club based in the contiguous regions of the Inner West and Western Sydney. They have competed in the National Rugby League since being formed at the end of the 1999 NRL season as a joint-venture club between the Balmain Tigers and the Western Suburbs Magpies.

Wests Tigers

Ayshford played for the Tigers' NYC side where, in 2008, he was named the Player's Player of the Year. [6]

He made his first grade debut in Round 11 of the 2009 NRL season, playing against the Brisbane Broncos on 22 May. [7] In June 2009, it was announced that Ayshford had signed a two-year contract to remain with the Tigers until the end of the 2011 season. [8] Later that year he signed an extension to the end of the 2012 season. [9] At the end of the 2009 season, Ayshford was named the Wests Tigers' Rookie of the Year. [10]

The 2009 NRL season was the 102nd season of professional rugby league football club competition in Australia, and the twelfth run by the National Rugby League. For the third consecutive year, sixteen teams competed for the 2009 Telstra Premiership title. The season commenced with the first match played on 13 March and ended with the Grand Final, played on 4 October. The Grand Final was won by the Melbourne Storm in their fourth consecutive grand final appearance. However, they were stripped of their Premiership on 22 April 2010 after they were found to be guilty of breaching the league's salary cap.

Brisbane Broncos rugby league football club

The Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Football Club Ltd., commonly referred to as the Brisbane Broncos or colloquially as Red Hill, are an Australian professional rugby league football club based in the city of Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland. Founded in April 1988, the Broncos play in Australia's elite competition, the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership. They have won six premierships,including two NSWRL titles, a Super League premiership and three NRL premierships. They also have two World Club Challenges. The Broncos have achieved four minor premierships during their 29 years in multiple competitions, making them Rugby League's most successful club over the past three decades. Until 2015, Brisbane had never been defeated in a grand final, and since 1991, have only failed to qualify for the finals twice. They are the most successful club in the National Rugby League, since it began in 1998, winning three premierships. It is also one of the most successful clubs in the history of rugby league, having won 62.5% of games played since its induction in 1988, second only to Melbourne Storm with 65.2%. Since the club's founding, Brisbane has never received the wooden spoon.

Ayshford cemented his position in the centres in 2010. After his form dipped, the threat of being dropped saw an improved performance towards the end of the season. [4] Before the start of the 2011 season, Ricky Stuart named Ayshford in a "Blues in Waiting" squad, for potential future NSW State of Origin players. [11]

Blake Ayshford playing for Balmain Blake Ayshford.jpg
Blake Ayshford playing for Balmain

In May 2011, Ayshford committed himself to the Wests Tigers for a further 3 years, keeping him at the club until 2015. [12] He played in every game of the 2011 season, scoring 11 tries, and was named the Wests Tigers Members Player of the Year. [13]

Having "bulked-up" for the 2012 season, Ayshford said, "People say it's hard to adjust to playing with extra weight but I feel stronger and fitter when I'm weighing more. It just gives me a bit of confidence to know that I'm playing over 100 kilos." [14] However, 2012 was a relative disappointment, with Ayshford playing from the bench in some games, and scoring a career-low 4 tries. Ayshford later said, "It was the first year I've been on the bench, first time in my life starting on the bench actually. I let myself down in certain areas." [15]

2013 was another disappointing season for Ayshford, with just two tries and four wins from his sixteen appearances. On July 12, 2013, it was announced that Ayshford would be joining the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks on a two-year contract from 2014. [16]

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

In Round 1 of the 2014 NRL season against the Gold Coast Titans, Ayshford made his club debut for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at centre in the Sharks 18-12 loss at Remondis Stadium.

New Zealand Warriors

In September 2015 Ayshford signed for the New Zealand Warriors for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. [17]

In June 2017, Ayshford signed a further two-year contract, committing both parties until the end of the 2019 season. [18]

Footnotes

  1. League Central dailytelegraph.com.au
  2. Blake Ayshford rugbyleagueproject.org
  3. "Endeavour Retains Arrive Alive Cup". www.nswrl.net. Retrieved 30 May 2009.[ permanent dead link ]
  4. 1 2 Glenn Jackson (3 September 2010). "After catching Sheens' eye, young Ayshford is now kept on his toes". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  5. "Luke Keary in line for World Cup gig with Ireland". Yahoo. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  6. "Tigers re-sign Ayshford". SportsAustralia.com. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
  7. James Phelps (22 May 2009). "Brisbane Broncos beat Wests Tigers". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 May 2009.
  8. "Tigers secure Blake Ayshford". Daily Telegraph. 10 June 2009. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
  9. "Tigers sign extended deals for trio". Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 19 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009.
  10. Wayne Cousins. "ELLIS NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR". weststigers.com.au. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2009.
  11. "Stuart names 'Blues in waiting'". ABC News. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
  12. Mute. "Ayshford commits future to Tigers". zerotackle.com.au. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  13. "Gareth Ellis is Wests Tigers Player of the Year". Ozzie News. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  14. Joe Barton (8 December 2011). "Bulked-up Wests Tigers centre Blake Ayshford rules out switch to forwards". Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  15. Scott Dougherty (5 March 2013). "Ayshford wants No.3 jersey back". Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  16. "SHARKS SIGN AYSHFORD ON TWO-YEAR DEAL". Zero Tackle. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  17. "Warriors sign Sharks centre". New Zealand Herald. 14 September 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  18. Media, NRL Digital. "[Signings] New deals for six" . Retrieved 9 December 2018.

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