Fisher named in VFL Team of the Year


Sam Fisher was named in the 2019 VFL Team of the Year after a standout season for the Northern Blues. (PHOTO CREDIT: Rose Zarucky)

NORTHERN Blues midfielder Sam Fisher has been acknowledged for his strong 2019 season, named in the VFL Team of the Year.

In his second year at Preston City Oval, Fisher was named among the VFL’s best of the best at the state league’s awards night at Crown Palladium on Monday.

After narrowly missing out on selection last year, the 21-year-old – who was named on the half-forward flank – wasn’t to be denied this time around following another impressive campaign in Blue.

Playing all 18 games for Northern, Fisher led the competition for clearances, while also ranking in the top five for contested possessions. He also collected the most disposals of any Northern Blue over the course of the year.

A consistent presence at the coalface, Fisher stepped up in the absence of captain Tom Wilson, dropping below 20 disposals on only two occasions.

His best performance came in the thrilling drought-breaking victory over Port Melbourne, where he collected 33 disposals and 13 clearances while kicking a goal in the four-point win.

Northern Blues senior coach Josh Fraser said all at the Club were delighted for Fisher’s acknowledgement among the competition’s best.

“Since he arrived at the Club 18 months ago, ‘Fish’ has been a really reliable and consistent performer for us in our midfield,” Fraser said.

“He’s someone who brings his strengths to the table for us: he finds the footy, he’s strong in the contest and he has also showed that he can hit the scoreboard.

“‘Fish’ is one of a number of our players who are invested with the path we’re heading on, and he’s shown that with a really strong year.

“We’re thrilled that he’s been named in the Team of the Year and we’re looking forward to him taking his game to another level in 2020.”

Fisher becomes Northern’s fourth consecutive Team of the Year member, following Wilson (2016), Cameron O’Shea (2017) and Jesse Palmer (2018).