Here’s the year that was for Northern’s No. 60, Josh Hill(PHOTO CREDIT: Rose Zarucky)
With the home-and-away season now over, we’re going through every player who featured for the Northern Blues in 2019.
Here’s the year that was for Northern No. 60, Josh Hill.
KEY VFL STATISTICS (averages in brackets):
Disposals: 161 (14.6) Marks: 54 (4.9) Contested Possessions: 48 (4.3) Tackles: 25 (2.8) Rebound 50s: 43 (3.9)
Josh Hill continued to display his intercepting and rebounding ability across half back, while showing his leadership qualities for Northern in 2019.
In 2018, Hill was introduced to a new role across half back that reinvigorated the 30-year-old which contributed to his strong finish to the 2018 season.
He continued in that role for the 2019 year, starting the season with strong performances against Geelong and Collingwood.
Hill proved critical in the opening two wins of the year, with his leadership and ball-use once again key features. He would finish the year with 11 matches played throughout the home-and-away year.
Hill’s most complete performance for Northern came in Round 21, where he fully demonstrated his footy smarts and elite kicking skills despite a frustrating afternoon for the Blues.
In the 53-point loss to Sandringham, Hill contributed 19 disposals while also pushing forward to kick a goal, giving his all to finish the season strongly.
Setting the tone defensively for the backline, Hill was also able to use his dash and evasive skills to rebound off half back.
He would also go onto kick his second goal for the season, converting from 50 to cap off a three-goal run by Northern in the second term.
During the Round 19 clash against the ladder-leading Richmond, Hill used his experience to interrupt Richmond’s run and set up one of Northern’s best passages of play which led to a Cameron Polson goal.
Working off his opponent to influence a contest, it wasn’t just the spoil which was the highlight.
As he has shown on numerous occasions, it was Hill’s lethal kick going forward that pierced the Richmond defence, finding Jesse Palmer who had the quick hands to find an accurate Polson.