Liam Anthony has claimed North Ballarat’s Allen L Stott Medal, as the club’s best and fairest player.
11:19am Oct 6, 2014
Liam Anthony narrowly misses winning the VFL’s best and fairest.
10:55am Sep 2, 2014
Junior club: Railways (WA)
Recruited from: East Fremantle (WA)
Draft: #43, 2008 National
Debut: Round 13, 2009 v Western Bulldogs
Brownlow votes: 2
- G & M Vraca
Liam Anthony was a mature-age recruit from East Fremantle in the WAFL who has the ability to have high-possession games.
Anthony is at his best playing as an outside midfielder where he can work hard to provide an extra option offensively.
Mid-season, from Darren Crocker
“He runs hard; he knows how to get on the end of the footy. When we’ve got the ball he spreads really well.
“He has to continue to work on his kicking, so when he does work hard to get the ball, then we maintain possession off his touches."
End of season review
Unfortunately for Anthony, he spent the second half of the season at VFL level with North Ballarat.
Despite being unable to break back into the senior side, he showed good, consistent form with the Roosters. His defensive efforts, a major focus, improved to the point where he was regularly posting high tackle counts.
Despite not struggling to find the ball, Anthony was dropped after Round 7 to work on the defensive side of his game.
On his return six weeks later, Anthony showcased a newfound determination to be an asset on both sides of the ball. His tackling pressure and defensive running was just as good as his improved efficiency with the ball in hand.
With his spot secure in the team for the rest of the season, Anthony strung together 12 consecutive games. It was his highest streak since arriving in 2009.
With injuries behind him, Anthony picked up where he left off by accumulating a lot of the ball.
However as the season wore on, Anthony struggled to have an impact when he did have the ball in his hands.
After spending more time forward during the middle parts of the year, he was dropped following the Round 16 loss to Collingwood and was unable to break back into the senior side for the rest of the season.
After playing the last 10 games of 2009, Anthony started out well in 2010 playing the first seven games.
Averaging more than 23 possessions a game and chipping in with handy goals, Anthony became a vital part of the North midfield.
Against Collingwood he dislocated his shoulder and was booked in for a shoulder reconstruction, ending his season.