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One step at a time

Promising defender Sam Docherty is happy to take things one step at a time

4:42pm  Jul 9, 2013

The Doc is in

Sam Docherty will become the 150th player to represent the merged Lions

6:30pm  Apr 18, 2013

Just what the Doc ordered

Sam Docherty is approaching his second season fit and firing

9:22pm  Jan 27, 2013

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Sam
Docherty

Height
187 cm
DOB
17-10-1993
Weight
87 kg
Debut
-
Games
2018
0
Career
92
Goals
2018
0
Career
14
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
0
Avg
0
SamDocherty

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Phillip Island
Clubs:
Brisbane Lions
Debut: -
Recruited from: Gippsland Power (VIC)
Brownlow Votes:
-

Introduction

Sam Docherty is a rebounding defender who reads the play extremely well and uses the ball efficiently, especially by foot. Largely recognised for his torpedo-like right boot, he was a late inclusion into the Victorian Country team for the National U18 Championships, but went on to win best-on-ground honours against Western Australia.

Background

• From the relatively untapped AFL recruiting area of Phillip Island in Victoria, Sam Docherty started playing local senior football as a 15 year-old.

• His 2010 pre-season was hampered after he strained the quadratus lumberum muscle in his back, and as a result he missed selection in Gippsland Power's TAC Cup squad as an underage player.

• He went on to represent the Power in 2011, and quickly became a star playing across half-back. He averaged more than 22 disposals per game (at 71.8% efficiency), and ranked second in the entire competition in mark from opposition kicks and rebound 50s.

• His style of play was likened somewhat to Collingwood's Heath Shaw, Carlton's Chris Yarran and even the Lions' own Jed Adcock.

• It therefore came as no surprise that he was selected in the backline of the 2011 TAC Cup Team of the Year. He also received the Gippsland Power's Most Disciplined Player and Trainer's Award.

• Despite being selected in Victoria Country's initial squad, Docherty missed selection in the opening games of the 2011 AFL National Championships. But he earned a late call-up in time for Victoria Country's match against Western Australia, and seized the opportunity with a best-on-ground performance.

• A late-season hip injury forced him to miss the final matches of the TAC Cup season, and meant he could not participate in the majority of fitness tests at the 2011 AFL Draft Combine at Etihad Stadium.

• Yet Sam's supreme skills had him at the forefront of every AFL recruiters' mind, and he was ultimately snapped up by the Lions with their second selection (Pick No.12 overall) at the 2011 AFL National Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Upon arriving in Brisbane late in 2011, Docherty almost immediately underwent hip surgery to correct a minor complaint he had carried through the previous season. It meant that he would spend the bulk of his first pre-season in rehab.

• With a relatively limited preparation, he made his first appearance in Lions colours in a NEAFL practice match against Gold Coast. But after pulling up sore, the Club took no risks with his recovery and rested him for another month. 

• He returned in late April, and started to show why he was so highly rated as a junior. He played mainly across half-back, before shifting into the midfield in a bid to fast-track his fitness in the back half of the season.

• He certainly made up for lost time with some brilliant showings with the Reserves, which saw him named as a senior emergency on a couple of occasions. But, in the end, his delayed start to the season meant that he left his run a little too late for an AFL debut.  

• Docherty was, however, part of the all-conquering Reserve side’s NEAFL Premiership triumph over NT Thunder in the Northern Conference Grand Final.  

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 0
    • Kicks 0.0
    • Handballs 0.0
    • Disposals 0.0
    • Marks 0.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 0.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 0.0

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Richmond L 121 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Gold Coast Suns L 67 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Collingwood L 76 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 North Melbourne L 116 - 30 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 West Coast Eagles L 69 - 79 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Western Bulldogs L 80 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Adelaide Crows L 125 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Essendon W 91 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Melbourne L 50 - 159 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Geelong Cats L 73 - 45 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Sydney Swans L 91 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Fremantle L 46 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Collingwood L 79 - 59 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Port Adelaide L 69 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Brisbane Lions L 120 - 55 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 St Kilda L 116 - 52 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Hawthorn L 52 - 124 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Gold Coast Suns W 44 - 79 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GWS Giants L 46 - 151 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Fremantle L 101 - 72 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Western Bulldogs L 49 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Adelaide Crows L 61 - 165 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 2 - L: 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 92
    • Kicks 15.0
    • Handballs 7.3
    • Disposals 22.3
    • Marks 6.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 89.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 28 Sydney Swans Rd 6, 2017
Handballs 16 Richmond Rd 1, 2016
Disposals 39 Sydney Swans Rd 6, 2017
Marks 15 Hawthorn Rd 22, 2017
Hit-outs 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 20, 2015
Tackles 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 13, 2017
Goals 2 North Melbourne Rd 10, 2017
AFL Fantasy 159 Sydney Swans Rd 6, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Carlton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Carlton 460 153 613 199 0 19 15 72 3 3 2566
2016 Carlton 359 207 566 173 0 15 13 57 1 2 2222
2015 Carlton 260 141 401 116 1 15 13 40 2 2 1561
2014 Carlton 207 90 297 82 0 15 8 43 7 8 1260
2013 Brisbane Lions 96 78 174 39 0 8 8 25 1 2 653

Legend

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

Awards

Club Awards

Lions Reserves Premiership Player
2012

Lions Pre-Season Premiership Player
2013

Other Awards

Victoria Country U18 Representative
2011

TAC Cup Team of the Year
2011

Gippsland Power Most Disciplined Player
2011

Gippsland Power Trainer’s Award
2011