Season by Season
Fyfe’s star continued to shine in 2014, with a sensational season rewarded with the AFL Players’ Association MVP award, All Australian selection in the midfield and a second Doig Medal. He is now firmly established as one of the best players in the AFL.
The brilliant midfielder took another step towards stardom. Pleasingly for Fyfe, the shoulder issues of 2012 did not hamper him. Set for a big 2014.
Nat Fyfe’s year was blighted by a shoulder injury that forced him to miss round 4, and then rounds 6-17 following surgery.
Upon his return in round 18, the brilliant midfielder showed how good he was with a best-on-ground 26-possession effort against Port.
Fyfe still polled the second-most Brownlow Medal votes (14) at Freo despite playing only nine games in the home and away season – two of which were compromised because of his shoulder.
On a per game basis, Fyfe was clearly Fremantle’s best contested possession winner (12.5), which was also 14th overall in the AFL.
If there’s an area of his game Fyfe could improve, it’s his disposal efficiency, which was at 56.4 per cent in 2012 – well below what the AFL’s elite midfielder’s average. In particular, his kicking efficiency of 49 per cent must get better considering the best midfielders average in the 70s.
Nonetheless, Fyfe is a budding superstar of this competition and crucial to Fremantle’s hopes of a return to the finals.
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The 20-year-old had a sensational second season of AFL, finishing a close second to Matthew Pavlich in the Doig Medal. He featured in the top five in almost every key performance indicator category at Fremantle in 2011. The gun from Lake Grace topped the club in disposals per game (25.1), total disposals (527), contested possessions (262), hard ball gets (107), total effective handballs (186), contested marks (43), smothers (19) and Dream Team points (98.4 per game). He is one of the most exciting prospects in the competition but he will be targeted by the opposition in 2012. But this youngster has all the tools required to beat the extra attention and help Freo return to finals action.
Fyfe made his debut in the round 5 Len Hall Game against Richmond and announced his arrival in the AFL with a soaring pack mark. A week later he was nominated for Goal of the Week after a brilliant snap against West Coast. The exciting mid-sized forward earned a NAB Rising Star nomination after gathering 23 disposals in Fremantle’s win over the Sydney Swans at the SCG. A bright future looms for the Lake Grace youngster.