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Doig Medal preview: Nat Fyfe

Watch Nat Fyfe's 2018 season highlights. Fyfe's 2018 season highlights

With the Doig Medal Presentation Dinner rapidly approaching, looks at which players are likely to place well in the club’s best and fairest at the BelleVue Ballroom at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday 6 October. 

To start the season, Nat Fyfe was in career best form, which showed on Brownlow night. The Fremantle captain polled a best-on-ground three votes in four of the opening seven games as well as two votes in round eight.

During this run, Fyfe put up performances that included a career-best 43 disposals against the Western Bulldogs and a career-best 14 clearances against Gold Coast.

Fyfe once again dominated in the midfield and notched up more than 20 contested possessions four times in 2018, with 26 against Richmond, 25 against St Kilda, 24 against Gold Coast and 21 against the Western Bulldogs.

In his 150th game, Fyfe earned a goal of the year nomination for his crafty snap against the Blues.

The big question on Doig Medal night will be around whether Fyfe built up a big enough lead early in the season to win. 

Fyfe missed seven games in 2018 through a one-game suspension as well as spending six weeks on the sidelines late in the season with a hamstring injury.

Conversely, fellow midfielders David Mundy and Lachie Neale played all of Fremantle’s 22 games while the likes of Ed Langdon, Nathan Wilson and Alex Pearce missed only one game.

Best Doig Medal finishes
Winner: 2013, 2014
Runner-up: 2011
Third: 2017
Fourth: 2015

Key Stats (total / average per game)
Games: 15
Disposals: 430 / 28.7
Contested possessions: 240 / 16
Tackles: 60 / 4
Marks: 70 / 4.7
Contested marks: 22 / 1.5
Clearances: 100 / 6.7
Inside 50s: 64 / 4.3
Goals: 11 / 0.7
AFL Fantasy points: 1532 / 102.1

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