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Fyfe to miss rest of 2016 season

Injured midfielder Nat Fyfe will miss the rest of 2016

2:09pm  May 12, 2016

Fyfe to have surgery

Nat Fyfe will undergo surgery in Melbourne on a fractured leg and has no time-frame for a return to playing

2:30pm  Apr 25, 2016

Freo to grow under adversity

Fyfe says team’s winless start to 2016 provides opportunity for growth

4:48pm  Apr 19, 2016

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Nat
Fyfe

Height
190 cm
DOB
18-09-1991
Weight
91 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2016
5
Career
117
Goals
2016
9
Career
104
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
493
Avg
99
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: 106

OUTLOOK
Followed up back-to-back Doig Medal seasons by becoming the first Brownlow Medallist in Fremantle Dockers history. Averaged a career-high 28 disposals a game in 2015 and looks to make a bigger impact when going forward this season.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS
 (Marc Webb)

Nat has worked really hard in rehab to return from the leg injury he sustained in last year’s preliminary final. He’s a very strong player who’s worked really hard in the gym over the summer so he can hit the ground running with the same form he ended last season with.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Fyfe soared to new heights in 2015, capping off another sensational season by winning the Brownlow Medal, his second AFL Players' Association MVP award and another All Australian selection in the midfield. He has laid claim to arguably being one of the best players in the modern era.

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

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 5
    • Kicks 9.4
    • Handballs 14.0
    • Disposals 23.4
    • Marks 4.2
    • Hit-Outs 2.0
    • Tackles 5.2
    • Goals 1.8
    • AFL Fantasy 98.6

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Handballs 20 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Disposals 34 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Marks 7 North Melbourne Rd 4
Hit-outs 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 1
Tackles 10 West Coast Eagles Rd 3
Goals 4 North Melbourne Rd 4
AFL Fantasy 137 North Melbourne Rd 4

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Western Bulldogs L 103 - 38 6 9 15 4 4 0 2 2 0 0 54
2 Gold Coast Suns L 100 - 126 14 20 34 3 2 1 3 4 3 2 121
3 West Coast Eagles L 92 - 59 9 17 26 6 3 0 2 10 1 0 122
4 North Melbourne L 132 - 101 12 15 27 7 0 1 1 7 4 0 137
5 Carlton L 68 - 72 6 9 15 1 1 1 0 3 1 0 59
6 Adelaide Crows L 97 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 GWS Giants L 77 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Hawthorn L 116 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Richmond L 45 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 9 47 70 117 21 10 3 8 26 9 2 493

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 117
    • Kicks 12.8
    • Handballs 11.7
    • Disposals 24.6
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 1.1
    • Tackles 3.9
    • 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 Brisbane Lions Rd 14, 2015
Tackles 11 Port Adelaide SF, 2014
Goals 4 North Melbourne Rd 4, 2016
AFL Fantasy 150 Adelaide Crows Rd 9, 2015

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2016 Fremantle 47 70 117 21 10 3 8 26 9 2 493
2015 Fremantle 274 301 575 84 42 23 43 86 17 14 2072
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

100 games: Round 8, 2015 v North Melbourne

Awards

Club Awards

Doig Medal
2013, 2014

Player of the Finals
2013

Players' Award
2011, 2014, 2015

AFL Awards

Brownlow Medal
2015

All Australian
2014, 2015

AFL Players' Association Most Valuable Player
2014, 2015

AFL Players' Association 22Under22 Team
2013

AFL Coaches Association Best Young Player
2011

Q & A

Nickname: No nickname

Best holiday: I’ve had a couple really good holidays. I went to Europe and Scandinavia last year and finished in the Maldives

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: Mum’s given me plenty of good advice over the years, and I feel her best is yet to come

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: I’ve always thought of being a water bombing helicopter pilot. Incorporates a few different things that I’m interested in and can be helpful to the community

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: Lots

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: Probably the Dalai Lama

Morning or evening person, why: I like the mornings, it’s a special personal time of the day and I like the evening for the same reasons

Favourite time slot to play in and why: Day games. Saturday games are good because you usually have a longer time to recover until the next match

Favourite footy journalist: I like all the footy journalists. They’re all fantastic at what they do

Favourite TV caller/commentator: I have a soft spot for Dennis Cometti. Dennis and Bruce (McAvaney) are probably my favourites

Worst injury: 2012. Shoulder, missed 12 weeks during the season

How many text messages do you send a day: I’m a very antisocial person. Maybe a handful

Three phone apps you can’t live without: Shazam, Spotify, and that’s probably it

Favourite account you follow: I follow the Nat Geo instagram account

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: A like a bit of John Mayer every now and again when I’m feeling a bit gloomy

Where did you holiday after last season: London, Ireland, Norway, Germany and the Maldives

Favourite sport other than football: Don’t have one

What sport would you like to compete in, at the 2016 Olympics: Archery

Can you change a spare tyre: Yes

Do you iron your own shirts: No

Favourite restaurant: Squire’s Loft do the best steaks in town

Do you believe in UFO’s: Yes

What three items would you take on a desert island: A knife to cut down trees, rope and flint

Any other special hobbies or interests: Lots of hobbies, lots of interests

Three famous people you would like to meet: Only Richard Branson and Carl Barron

What do you have that is of great value to you but no one else: Can’t think of anything