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Freo spreading the load

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Nat
Fyfe

Height
190 cm
DOB
18-09-1991
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2015
12
Career
104
Goals
2015
15
Career
93
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1338
Avg
112
NatFyfe

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior clubs: Aquinas College, Lake Grace (WA)
Recruited from: Claremont (WA)
Draft information: National Draft 2009 - pick 20
Debut: Round 5 2010 v Richmond
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 75

Outlook: Now one of the absolute premier players in the competition, the reigning back-to-back Doig Medallist will be critical to Freo’s chances this season. Watch for him to swing forward more in 2015.

What the coach says (Brett Kirk): Nathan’s actions always speak louder than words. On the field he leads by example, is fierce at the contest and can influence his teammates and change games. This was reflected in him being voted into the leadership group by his peers. He’s sure to absorb this responsibility and continue working at an elite level.

Season by Season

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.

Charity partner ambassador: Diabetes WA

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.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 12
    • Kicks 14.8
    • Handballs 16.7
    • Disposals 31.5
    • Marks 4.6
    • Hit-Outs 2.1
    • Tackles 3.7
    • Goals 1.2
    • AFL Fantasy 111.5

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 26 Adelaide Crows Rd 9
Handballs 24 North Melbourne Rd 8
Disposals 40 Adelaide Crows Rd 9
Marks 8 Melbourne Rd 5
Hit-outs 4 Collingwood Rd 13
Tackles 6 Richmond Rd 10
Goals 3 Western Bulldogs Rd 7
AFL Fantasy 150 Adelaide Crows Rd 9

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Port Adelaide W 75 - 68 15 16 31 4 2 1 4 2 1 1 95
2 Geelong Cats W 60 - 104 17 19 36 3 1 2 4 2 3 1 116
3 West Coast Eagles W 81 - 111 12 19 31 4 1 1 1 4 0 1 102
4 Sydney Swans W 74 - 60 15 12 27 5 2 3 2 6 1 2 115
5 Melbourne W 50 - 118 12 18 30 8 1 1 1 3 1 0 113
6 Essendon W 80 - 52 12 15 27 7 3 1 0 2 0 2 101
7 Western Bulldogs W 88 - 101 12 18 30 7 0 0 5 3 3 1 109
8 North Melbourne W 115 - 42 13 24 37 5 3 2 3 3 0 1 111
9 Adelaide Crows W 57 - 68 26 14 40 4 3 1 1 6 1 1 150
10 Richmond L 70 - 97 12 14 26 3 3 0 3 6 1 0 97
11 Gold Coast Suns W 46 - 53 18 13 31 3 2 2 2 5 2 0 119
13 Collingwood W 80 - 73 14 18 32 2 4 2 0 2 2 0 110
14 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
19 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 11 - L: 1 178 200 378 55 25 16 26 44 15 10 1338

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 104
    • Kicks 13.1
    • Handballs 11.5
    • Disposals 24.6
    • Marks 4.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.9
    • Tackles 3.8
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 94.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 26 Adelaide Crows Rd 9, 2015
Handballs 24 North Melbourne Rd 8, 2015
Disposals 40 Adelaide Crows Rd 9, 2015
Marks 9 Adelaide Crows Rd 18, 2013
Hit-outs 6 Hawthorn Rd 19, 2011
Tackles 11 Port Adelaide SF, 2014
Goals 4 Adelaide Crows Rd 18, 2013
AFL Fantasy 150 Adelaide Crows Rd 9, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Fremantle 178 200 378 55 25 16 26 44 15 10 1338
2014 Fremantle 260 279 539 79 27 21 29 94 24 10 2066
2013 Fremantle 338 230 568 98 32 25 33 74 18 13 2143
2012 Fremantle 157 100 257 44 0 14 21 41 4 3 945
2011 Fremantle 253 274 527 111 11 19 23 85 18 14 2063
2010 Fremantle 173 117 290 82 1 10 19 54 14 14 1267

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 games: Semi Final, 2012 v Adelaide

Awards

Club Awards

Doig Medal
2013, 2014

Player of the Finals
2013

Players' Award
2011, 2014

Doig Medal Runner-up
2011

AFL Awards

All Australian
2014

AFL Players' Association Most Valuable Player
2014

AFL Coaches Association Best Young Player
2011

Q & A

Your nickname: Fyfey

One word to describe you: Flamboyant

Favourite player to watch growing up: Matthew Richardson

Who has had the most influence on your career: Dad and Ross Lyon

Toughest individual opponent: Daniel Cross

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Matthew Taberner

Thriftiest player at your club: Lee Spurr

The next big thing at your club: Jacob Ballard

The smartest thing you have been told: Don’t take life too seriously no one ever gets out alive anyway

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: On the ski slopes in Canada

Do you have any strange phobias: Sharks

Your can’t-miss TV shows: News and Grand Designs Australia

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: Catdog

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: Firefighter helicopter pilot

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Porridge or Eggs on toast

Your last meal would be: Depressing

Your favourite holiday destination: Maldives

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Owen Wilson

What are your three essential items: Food, shelter and water

Most useless thing you have bought: Horrible t-shirt

Best subject at school: Metal work

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: NFL Super Bowl or the Pipe Masters