After five years in the AFL, Lions Vice-Captain Harris Andrews played arguably his best ever season in 2019.
The fullback proved an extremely challenging matchup for key forwards all year, ranking number one in the AFL for total and average spoils (207 total, 9.9 per game). In fact, those statistics towered over the competition – Andrews had a massive 30 more spoils than the second-placed player. The tall backman also ranked sixth overall in the AFL for intercept marks, taking 59 for the season.
Always a team-first player, Andrews led by example and ranked number one in the AFL for total one-percenters. He also hardly ever left the ground in the games he played, averaging almost 96% game time throughout the 2019 season.
The fullback achieved his largest individual accolade in 2019 when he was selected as the 2019 All-Australian fullback. Andrews was “honoured to be regarded in such a high manner in the league”.
Harris Andrews is the 2019 All Australian fullback! At 22 years old, this is the Brisbane Vice Captain's first blazer! pic.twitter.com/t6TaVm7w89— Brisbane Lions (@brisbanelions) August 28, 2019
The 22-year-old was also named Captain for 22under22 AFLPA team, a team he has made for three consecutive years.
The key defender described the 2019 season as “a little bit unbelievable” and praised his teammates and the Brisbane general public for their efforts.
“I think it’s a testament to the boys and the way they worked hard throughout the last couple of years,” he said.
“To see the fans at the Gabba, when we did play those two finals, they were loving it and packed the house out.
“It’s a massive testament to the Brisbane society about how they’ve gotten behind us.”
Whilst the Vice-Captain enjoyed a lot of personal success in 2019, his ultimate goal still lies in travelling further into September.
“It’s going to take a lot of work to get back there,” he said.
“It’s something I certainly want to strive towards for the next couple of years.”