Sam Fisher (footballer)
Fisher training at Moorabbin Oval, 2009
|Full name||Sam Fisher|
|Date of birth||10 July 1982|
|Original team(s)||West Adelaide (SANFL)|
|Draft||No. 55, 2003 national draft|
|Height||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||92 kg (203 lb)|
|2004–2016||St Kilda||228 (22)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2006.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Between the ages of 17 and 19 Fisher was a promising junior golfer and played off a handicap of 1. He won the Riverland Tyre and Mag Boxing Day Classic four times, twice with his father Terry and twice with his brother Ben. However, Fisher gave away a possible career in golf for AFL football.
Fisher began playing Australian rules in South Australia with West Adelaide, where he was first identified by AFL scouts at the age of 21.
In 2005, Fisher took a major step in his career and improved dramatically to hold down a regular spot in the Saints' defence. He generally played on the third best forward of the opposition and began to provide terrific run from the half-back line. In 2006 he played every match and had up 421 disposals for the season. His run and carry from the half-back line was critical to St Kilda's 6th-place finish and he finished third in the St Kilda best and fairest award.
Injuries to other key defenders at the start of the 2007 season saw Fisher assume the mantle at full-back. He performed strongly against the power forwards of the competition before injuring his hamstring in Round 4. He returned in Round 7 and was able to resume his attacking position across halfback in the second half of the year. He finished off the year strongly and was nominated in the backline in the squad of 40 players for the All-Australian Team. Fisher was ranked 8th in total marks, 17th in kicks per game and 2nd in marks per game.
Fisher signed a two-year contract extension in September 2007 until the end of 2010. 
Fisher got more of a chance to play as a key position backman after a season-ending injury to Matt Maguire early in the season.
Fisher had a strong season, averaging 22 disposals and 8 marks a game at the end of the regular season. He was included in the All-Australian team on the half-back flank, the first time he had been awarded that honour. Fisher also won the Saints Trevor Barker Award for the best and fairest player in the season. He polled 680 votes to finish ahead of Nick Riewoldt who polled 643 votes.
Fisher again showed a strong presence in St Kilda's home and away season, playing as either a loose backman or the centre halfback. He performed strongly in the first qualifying final against Collingwood with a career high 42 disposals.
St Kilda qualified for the 2009 AFL Grand Final after qualifying and preliminary finals wins. Fisher played in the grand final in which St Kilda were defeated by 12 points.
Fisher played 24 games in 2010, including four finals matches. He was one of St Kilda's best players in the drawn Grand Final, and had 16 possessions in the Grand Final replay before injuring his hamstring before half time.
As of the end of the 2010 season, Fisher had played in 12 finals matches including three grand finals.
At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Fisher announced his retirement from AFL football, having played 228 games for St Kilda.
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- "St Kilda wins NAB cup". The Age. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
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- "Sam Fisher wins 2008 St Kilda Best & Fairest". afl.com.au – Alistair Hogg. 5 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
- "Fisher voted best Saint". The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-07.
- "2009 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
- Schmook, Nathan (31 October 2016). "Saint Sam hangs up the boots after 13 seasons". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
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