There weren’t many better highlights packages than the one Sam Fowler conjured up this year. (PHOTO CREDIT: Amy Paton)
Sam Fowler provided a highlights reel like no other for the Northern Blues in 2017. Look back on his first year at the club, thanks to Regency Windows.
TALE OF THE TAPE
THE YEAR THAT WAS
Arriving from the Dandenong Stingrays in the off-season, Fowler came to the Blues ready to make his mark as a small forward.
While he unfortunately couldn’t add more than a pair of senior games under his belt, Fowler was a constant source of excitement for the Development side and overcame injury to put together an impressive campaign.
Buzzing around in the forward line, Fowler showed his eye for goal on a number of occasions, conjuring miracle goals for fun throughout the year.
Rarely kicking an ordinary goal, he ended up being the Development side’s most prolific goal-kicker come season’s end, despite missing five games. He hit the scoresheet in seven of his 11 games.
He made his senior debut against Werribee in Round 9 and followed it up the next week against Richmond.
It’s hard to go past Fowler’s five-goal performance against Coburg in Round 3 as his best game in 2017.
It wasn’t only the speedster’s haul of goals, but also the manner in which he kicked them that lit up the Blues.
Each of the five came in a different manner and had extreme levels of difficulty, while coming at key times in what was ultimately a seven-point loss to the Lions.
Stop it, @samfowler13!
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) May 1, 2017
An honourable mention goes to his four-goal game against Port Melbourne in Round 16, when the Blues just fell to the high-flying Borough.
Fowler was a constant menace and kicked the clubhouse leader for goal of the year, sensationally threading through a banana on the run from the tightest of angles.
BY THE NUMBERS
15 Development goals
125 total Development disposals
39 total Development tackles
#3 at club for tackles inside 50