It was a season of contrasting fortunes for the Dockers in 2019, while they fell short of a return to finals footy there were moments to savour. At their best they were able to defeat top four teams Geelong, Collingwood and Brisbane, at their worst they lost to four of the bottom five teams.
Despite finishing the season in 13th position, the Dockers were able to win nine games and provide a number of highlights for their supporters. It is to the following players, the Top Five Dockers of 2019, that many of these highlights were built on.
5. Luke Ryan
More than just a Slim Shady look-alike, Luke Ryan became one of the most important members of the Dockers backline in 2019. His ability to pick off opposition forward thrusts evident in Champion Data rating him as elite in intercept possessions and intercept marks. At just 23 years of age, Ryan looms as a vital member of the Dockers rise up the ladder in years to come.
4. David Mundy
The 34-year-old Mundy played his 300th game in 2019 but showed no signs of slowing down in another stellar season. His milestone game was a case in point with his two second half goals helping the Dockers over the line over the Bulldogs. Ranked second at Fremantle for contested possessions and clearances, third for tackles and fourth for disposals and inside 50s, Mundy remains one of his clubs most important players.
3. Brad Hill
With a career high 25.1 possessions a game, Brad Hill might well have saved his best for last with 2019 proving his last at Fremantle. Playing every game, the 26-year-old led the club for metres gained and inside 50’s. While the fleet footed star will be missed, his departure did deliver a huge bounty for the club with St Kilda coughing up Blake Acres, Pick 10, Pick 58 and future second and third round picks in return for him.
2. Michael Walters
One of the most electrifying players in the competition in 2019, Walters produced two of the highlights of the season with his winning scores against Brisbane and Collingwood in back to back weeks. An All-Australian for the first time, he led the Dockers goal kicking with 40 majors he averaged more disposals, contested possessions and clearances than any player with 25+ goals for the season.
1. Nat Fyfe
Was it ever going to be anyone other than the best player in the competition in 2019? The All-Australian captaincy, a second Brownlow Medal, a third Doig Medal were just a few of the honours bestowed on Nat Fyfe in 2019 and he deserved every one of them. To put his performances into perspective, Champion Data rated the Dockers skipper elite in disposals, contested possessions, clearances and goals. There wouldn’t be too many who would disagree with their assessment.