Blechynden name to watch

Micahel TraillNarrogin Observer
Blechynden in an elimination final against East Fremantle.
Camera IconBlechynden in an elimination final against East Fremantle. Credit: Pictures: Belinda Pike, Belinda Pike

Pingelly product Tom Blechynden’s breakout season for the South Fremantle Football Club has earned him a spot in the WAFL Colts Team of the Year.

Playing every game this season, including an elimination final against East Fremantle, Blechynden averaged 20.9 disposals and 3.6 marks a game while playing primarily across a half-back flank.

Blechynden played 19 matches in total for SFFC colts this year.
Camera IconBlechynden played 19 matches in total for SFFC colts this year. Credit: Pike, Belinda Pike

In round 14 against Claremont, Blechynden tallied a massive 34 possessions and a goal.

The next week against Subiaco, Blechynden collected 32 possessions and laid six tackles.

He managed 12 tackles against Peel in round 16.

Blechynden is a product of the Brookton/Pingelly Football club.
Camera IconBlechynden is a product of the Brookton/Pingelly Football club. Credit: Tom Blechynden

His impressive season meant his name was called out in a back-pocket position for the WAFL Colts Team of the Year at the Sandover Medal presentation night on Monday last week.

“I went to sleep and woke up the next morning to a heap of messages saying ‘well done’ — that’s when I realised I must have made it,” he said.

“A nice surprise.”

Blechynden was playing football for Aquinas College in Perth and the Brookton/Pingelly Football Club last year.

The 18-year-old moved to live and work in Perth after harvest last year, but came back home every Wednesday and Thursday to help out on his family’s farm.

Tom Blechynden with Brother Jack, Sister Sophie, Mum Jodie and Dad Brett.
Camera IconTom Blechynden with Brother Jack, Sister Sophie, Mum Jodie and Dad Brett. Credit: Tom Blechynden

“I worked Monday and Tuesday, come back to the farm Wednesday, just to give Dad a hand, then I’d leave lunchtime Thursday to get back to training on Thursday night,” he said.

“Footy season is over, so I’m back living at home at the moment, just crutching on a cradle at the moment.

Blechynden will play seniors in either South Fremantle’s reserves or league side next year and hopes to move to Perth full-time and start an apprenticeship.

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