Sam Fisher made a significant impact in 2018. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
With the 2018 season done and dusted, it’s time to look back on the performances from the Northern Blues players in the year that was.
The Regency Windows player reviews are back for another season: next up is the Club’s No.9, Sam Fisher.
BY THE NUMBERS (averages in brackets)
Disposals: 380 (21.1) Kicks: 208 (11.5) Handballs: 172 (9.6) Contested possessions: 197 (10.9) Tackles: 121 (6.7) Clearances: 102 (5.7) Centre clearances: 26 (1.4) Inside 50s: 76 (4.2)
2018 IN FOCUS
There weren’t too many first-year players in the VFL who made the same impact as Sam Fisher.
The 20-year-old arrived at the Northern Blues from the Sydney Swans rookie list, hoping to transition into the midfield and string together a consistent season for his new club.
That’s exactly what Fisher did, with his second half of the season in particular seeing him match up with some of the VFL’s best.
Come the end of the campaign, he finished in the top 20 for disposals, contested possessions, hard-ball gets, clearances, tackles and inside 50s across the whole competition.
He marked the culmination of his maiden Northern year as the Club’s Bullant Players’ Player of the year, as well a second-placed finish in the Laurie Hill Trophy.
You could pick any of Fisher’s performances in his final two months, but his game against Coburg takes the cake.
With 30 disposals, two goals and a staggering 15 clearances, Fisher was the clear best afield as the Blues emerged victorious in the Battle of Bell Street. Fisher polled the maximum three votes in the Liston Medal and a perfect 15 votes in the Laurie Hill Trophy.
Fisher proved his worth as a goal-kicking midfielder, with 11 goals from 18 games — including seven in five games between Rounds 16 and 20.
However, his first goal back in Round 5 also coincided with his first win, snapping truly in the third term to get the Blues going against Frankston. Fisher also finished that game with 19 disposals and 11 tackles.
— Northern Blues FC (@NBluesFC) May 7, 2018