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Shooting stars – Blake Townsend, Coffs City United

April 20th, 2021

More than one to watch, remember the name of Blake Townsend – a surging talent who has made the most of a diverse football education.
Blake has just turned 18 – and started with the Under 7s at the Coffs Coast Tigers “with a couple of mates, and then moved with some mates to the Lions in the 12s”.
At age 14 the map of opportunity became so much broader as he toured with the Joeys All Stars program pioneered by Heinrich Haussler and headed to Europe.
“I got lucky to go to Germany and was just going over there without family or anything. I was really scared, but it was such an experience. I loved it,” Blake said.
Back home, a debut in seniors came at age 15, and last year he was called into the Lions elite for the inaugural Coastal Premier League after being a dominant player in the 17s.
“It took a while to get up to the speed of the game, and moving from the reserves to the firsts was another big step as well. Plus the physicality,” Blake said.
“But going to a lot of soccer camps as a junior made the change easier.”
Having bobbed about in recent times at centre and right mid, Blake is looking at 2021 in the left centre back role.
The horizon is sunshiney bright for the precocious talent, who is working a gap year at the local Bunnings.
“I’d just like to go as far as I can … playing professionally one day,” Blake said.
Image: Blake Townsend with a man of the match award.

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