Cameron O’Shea lived up to the hype in his first year in Northern Blue colours. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
In his first season as a Northern Blue, Cameron O’Shea received plaudits aplenty. Read all about it in his 2017 Regency Windows player review.
TALE OF THE TAPE
THE YEAR THAT WAS
One of the club’s big signings over the summer, Cameron O’Shea well and truly proved his worth at Preston City Oval.
Playing every game and patrolling the Blues’ back-line all season long, O’Shea’s superb first season was one of the best by any player in the VFL.
While having a lot of defensive partners rotate around him, O’Shea was ever-present for the Blues, providing a cool head and valuable leadership for his teammates.
After a solid start to his year in Blue despite a concussion in Round 1, O’Shea hit his straps to go onto feature in his coach’s best players in each of his last 13 games.
He would go onto be Northern’s equal leading vote-getter in the J. J. Liston Trophy, and his selection at centre-half-back in the VFL Team of the Year was no surprise.
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) September 11, 2017
He also joined captain Tom Wilson in pulling on the Big V in the state game back in May.
Playing the majority of his year in defence, some of O’Shea’s best performances came when his side had their backs against the wall.
Back-to-back games at Preston City Oval against Box Hill and Port Melbourne were two of O’Shea’s finest, where his defensive efforts were paramount in keeping the Blues in the game.
However, his best of the season came in Round 4, when the Blues spoiled Collingwood’s party for the second straight day.
O’Shea put together a huge game in defensive 50 on the way to a best-on-ground performance, recording 31 disposals, nine marks and recording three J. J. Liston Trophy votes.
While the Blues were restricted to just 59 points in attack, they managed to shut Collingwood out, with O’Shea and Liam Jones central in Northern conceding just six goals for the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
414 total VFL disposals per game (#1 at club)
119 total marks (#1 at club, #1 in VFL)
187 total effective kicks (#1 at club, #2 in VFL)
137 total handball receives (#1 at club)
83 total rebound 50s (#1 at club, #2 in VFL)