Sam Fisher has had a huge impact for the Northern Blues in the last two months. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
Young midfielder Sam Fisher continues to announce himself in the VFL.
In his first season at the Northern Blues, Fisher has burst out of the blocks in the last two months to help grow a burgeoning reputation as one of the competition’s most industrious midfielders.
Despite a slow start to the year, Fisher began to hit his groove and Northern has reaped those rewards in past weeks.
The Blues were rocked in the lead-up to the game against the all-conquering Casey Demons, with Nick Graham, Sam Kerridge and Tom Wilson all late outs.
Playing a leading role in an undermanned, young midfield, Fisher stood up to the plate against the VFL’s best.
The first-year Blue would go onto finish with 25 disposals (19 contested) and 16 tackles, combining attack with defence.
It’s easy to forget that while Fisher was brought into the system as a recruit from the AFL system, he is still very much a youngster.
Fisher only turned 20 in February, and has largely epitomised what 2018 has been all about for the Northern Blues: the young charges taking ownership and leading the way. He was one of 16 players aged 21 or under who featured on the weekend.
Joined by good mate and fellow recruit Jesse Palmer, Fisher’s impact over the course of the season has been noticed by Blues players, coaches and fans.
The weekend’s performance saw him move up to number one at the Blues for tackles and contested possessions, while placing second for disposals, inside 50s and clearances.
On a grander scale, he’s proved his age is no barrier for him in a VFL competition littered with experience and bigger bodies.
His 108 tackles places him ninth in the whole competition, while his contested possession tally (160) from 15 games ranks Fisher in the top 20.
As mentioned, it’s the period post-bye where Fisher has really staked his claim.
In his last seven games, Fisher hasn’t dropped below 20 disposals, while also averaging seven clearances, eight tackles and a goal a game.
He is also one of only two Blues to play every game this season, along with 19-year-old — and the weekend’s stand-in captain — Mason Blakey.
Should he continue this form over the final three weeks, a return to the AFL system may not be out of the question for the former Swan.