Season by Season
Barlow was at his prolific best in 2014, although his season
was hampered initially by a knee injury and later a broken
thumb. The resilient midfielder battled through and was
a strong contributor.
Barlow has enjoyed a superb season. His performance in Fremantle's qualifying final win against Geelong, where he had 32 disposals and three goals, was simply awesome. He's proved that he's now back to his ball-winning best.
Michael Barlow showed in 2012 that he had returned as an elite midfielder of the competition, playing a vital role at the coalface as Fremantle returned to finals action.
He led the club in disposals with 24.4 per game, as well as loose-ball gets (3.2) and uncontested possessions (13.7). Barlow also ranked top four at Freo in contested possessions (10.5), hard-ball gets (5), clearances (3.9) and tackles (5.2).
After a slow start to 2012, Barlow and fellow on-baller David Mundy gained fitness and wielded an increasingly substantial influence as the season aged.
With a full season in the rear-view mirror, Barlow can focus on hitting the 2013 pre-season head-on.
Barlow made his eagerly anticipated comeback from a broken leg in round 13 this year and instantly found his way back to the top of Freo’s disposals list. The ball-magnet missed the next two games, but played the last eight fixtures and showed improvement with every outing. He averaged 24 disposals per game in his nine appearances but didn’t have the same impact he had in his stunning debut season in 2010. With a full pre-season behind him, expect Barlow to hit the ground running in 2012 and re-establish himself as a premier midfielder of the competition.
Rarely has a first-year player impacted the competition the way Barlow did in 2010. He gained 33 disposals and kicked two goals on debut against Adelaide in round 1 and was Fremantle's leading possession-getter for the year until injury ended his season in round 14. He capped off his wonderful debut year by taking out the AFLPA’s Best First Year Player Award in September, and he won the Beacon Award as the club's best first-year player.