Frank Anderson lived up to his billing in his first season in the VFL. (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’s No. 75, Frank Anderson .
KEY VFL STATISTICS (averages in brackets):
Disposals: 238 (19.8) Marks: 36 (3) Contested possessions: 102 (8.5) Tackles: 65 (5.4) Clearances: 51 (4.3) Inside 50s: 47 (3.9)
Touted as one of the most in-demand players from local football in the country 12 months ago, Frank Anderson settled in well in his first season with the Northern Blues.
Whether it was hunting the ball or in a defensive role, Anderson made his mark as a top tier midfielder for Northern, forming a strong partnership with Sam Fisher.
Despite suspension and a shoulder injury delaying an emphatic start at his new club, Anderson’s performances saw him earn an invitation to the Victorian State Combine ahead of the upcoming draft.
His standing among his coaches was evident when he finished among the best players in nine of his 12 games.
Anderson’s best performance came in the Blue’s huge 75-point win against North Melbourne in Round 17.
In Northern’s biggest win of the season, Anderson was the standout on the day, producing a performance which included 26 disposals, four tackles and two first-quarter goals.
Setting the tone for Northern’s midfield dominance, Anderson’s best-on-ground status was confirmed on J.J. Liston Trophy night when he secured all three votes.
In a narrow three-point win against Collingwood in Round 3, it was Anderson who got the Blues going in the final quarter on the way to a spirited victory.
With Northern narrowly trailing its hosts at three-quarter time, Anderson – in just his second game for his club – kicked his first goal at a critical time in the final term to give the Blues the lead.
While Patrick Kerr was the hero with the match-winning goal, Anderson’s first goal for his club – and his all-round impressive performance – was key to the win.