Nat Fyfe

Nathan "Nat" Fyfe (born 18 September 1991) is an Australian rules footballer for the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League. Fyfe is a very natural player with a good mark and leap.[1]

Early life

Fyfe grew up at Lake Grace, and went to school at Aquinas College. He played WAFL Colts for Claremont, his highlight of the season being his eight goal, 34 possession effort in the Colts Grand Final.[2]

Fyfe was also selected in the WA Under 18's Championship squad and played four of the five games, kicking nine goals. His best return came in the game against Vic Metro in which he scored four goals.[3] He was selected by the Dockers with the twentieth pick in the 2009 AFL Draft.

AFL career

Fyfe made his debut in Fremantle's 39 point win over the Richmond Tigers in the annual Len Hall ANZAC Day game at Subiaco Oval.[4] In doing so, Nathan became the 150th player to represent the Fremantle Dockers at AFL level.[5]

He was awarded the AFL Rising Star nomination for Round 9 of the 2010 AFL season after performing very well in Fremantle's first victory over Sydney in Sydney since 1996.[6] Fyfe collected 23 possessions, four clearances, five tackles and seven marks and played on senior Sydney player Ryan O'Keefe for most of the game.[7]

In 2011 he improved further and in July signed a contract extension to remain at Fremantle until the end of the 2014 season. His outstanding form led him to be considered as a potential All-Australian team selection, Doig Medal chance and gained comparisons to past champion James Hird. Fyfe polled an equal team high 13 Brownlow Medal votes, finished runner-up in the Doig Medal and was selected in the initial All-Australian squad of 40, but didn't make the final team.[8][9]

Fyfe made a strong start to the 2012 season with a best-on-ground performance against Geelong in the Round 1 match at Patersons Stadium, collecting 30 disposals and 2 goals in the 4-point win over the Cats.[10] In May, he succumbed to a shoulder injury, effective of twelve weeks' absence.[11] Fyfe returned to Fremantle in Round 18 against Port Adelaide—despite temporarily missing a game against Adelaide in Round 20 due to a brief ankle injury.[12] Otherwise, his effort has returned to consistency as Fyfe enters the 2012 finals series with the Dockers. Despite only playing eight games in 2012, Fyfe finished 12th in the Brownlow Medal.

References

External links

  • Nathan Fyfe's profile on the official website of the Fremantle Football Club
  • Nathan Fyfe's statistics from AFL Tables

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