Blues quartet among VFL’s best

The Ashes Fouth Test 2017/18

Jesse Palmer was in the top 10 for VFL goal-kickers. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)

A number of Northern Blues figured amongst the best in the VFL come the conclusion of the season.

By the numbers, the likes of Sam Fisher, Josh Hill, Jesse Palmer and Tom Wilson featured favourably in a wide array of categories.

Once again, the Northern Blues captain was prominent, with Wilson stamping himself as one of the most consistent midfielders in the competition.

Wilson was placed second for clearances (124), second for inside 50s (91), third for kicks (286), ninth for contested possessions and 10th for disposals (435).

It marked yet another consistent season for Northern’s No.1, whose game has gone from strength-to-strength as captain. His 435 disposals was a career-high for a season.

Not far behind him was Sam Fisher, with the first-year Blue’s form in the second half of the season eye-catching to say the least.

Come the end of 2018, Fisher’s 380 disposals put him in the VFL’s top 20. The contested side of his game was a feature, finishing in the top 10 for contested possessions, hard ball gets, clearances and tackles.

Another player who increased his output by the week was Hill. For someone with so much AFL experience, the fact that it came with a positional switch was a credit to Northern’s coaching staff.

Hill became one of the Blues’ most-effective players in the second half of the year after moving across half-back. Come season’s end, he was fifth for marks, 10th for rebound 50s and 13th for effective kicks.

He was joined by Carlton youngster Angus Schumacher, whose 60 rebound 50s eclipsed Hill’s tally by two.

Finally, Palmer’s performance up forward saw him kick 27 goals, the seventh-most of any VFL-listed player. It could see him feature in the VFL Team of the Year, to be announced next Monday night.