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Sam Docherty wiki: Sam Docherty born 17 October 1993 is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Sam Docherty was recruited from the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup with the 12th selection in the 2011 AFL Draft. Sam Docherty is the current co-captain of the Carlton Football Club alongside Patrick Cripps.
Sam Docherty grew up on Phillip Island and was a supporter of the Carlton Football Club. Sam Docherty played all of his junior football for Phillip Island Bulldogs in the Alberton Football Netball League making his A-grade debut as a 15-year-old in 2009 playing alongside his older brother Josh. Sam Docherty played 13 games and kicked 2 goals for the A Grade plus was named in the best players in 7 games.
Arriving at Carlton was a lifelong dream for Sam Docherty; however, Sam Docherty had an unfortunate preseason for the Blues. Carlton had made the finals in 2013 and was expecting to improve with the acquisitions of Sam Docherty and Dale Thomas. While he was away overseas he hurt his knee hiking, aggravating his injury from early 2013 and before leaving for Carlton’s preseason camp in America he woke up one morning with a puffy eye, looking like he had been punched. It turned out to be a rare auto-immune disease which required surgery. He was still able to attend the camp but received a phone call to hear that his father Eddie had died suddenly after a heart attack at age 53. His funeral was held at the Phillip Island football club rooms, where he had been a player and coach of the club.
Sam started the season with the Northern Blues but had to wait until round 7 to make his AFL debut for Carlton after recovering from a strained a tendon in his quad while on preseason camp, which eventually required surgery despite initially being diagnosed as tendinitis in his knee. It was a huge match against Collingwood on a Friday night at the MCG, in front of a crowd of 68,000, Sam Docherty started from the interchange bench and impressed with his poise under pressure as the Blues went down by 24 points. Sam Docherty went on thereafter to play all sixteen remaining senior games for Carlton in 2014. Sam Docherty averaged 18 disposals a game and kicked 7 goals for the Blues; his highlight of the year was against his old team, Sam Docherty gathered 30 possessions and kicked a goal.
Carlton was intent on redemption in 2015; however, the Blues slipped even further to endure one of the club’s worst-ever seasons, finishing last with 4 wins. Coach Mick Malthouse was sacked in late May and many players were criticized except Sam Docherty, who had improved from previous seasons to average 21 disposals and 6 marks in his 19 games. Sam Docherty finished 6th in the John Nicholls Medal as Carlton’s best and fairest player. Sam Docherty would also sign a three-year contract extension during 2015 to keep him at Carlton until the end of the 2018 season. Sam Docherty has also selected in the AFL Players’ Association 2015, 22Under22 preliminary squad.
Sam Docherty improved again on previous seasons during 2016, Sam Docherty would go on to play all 22 games for the Blues under new coach Brendon Bolton. Carlton improved from 2015 to notch up seven wins for the season, three more than last year and the Blues ended up finishing 14th on the ladder. Averaging 25 disposals off half-back, he and Kade Simpson forged a strong partnership in defence, making it much harder for the opposition to score. Sam Docherty was rewarded with the John Nicholls Medal as Carlton’s best and fairest player, Sam Docherty was also named in the 40-man squad for the All-Australian team and the AFL Players’ Association’s final 22Under22 team. Sam Docherty also took home Carlton’s Most Improved Player award.
2017 saw Sam Docherty continue to perform at an elite level. Sam Docherty led the AFL in kicks, marks and was top 5 in overall meters gained and rebounds from defensive 50. Sam Docherty was rewarded for his stellar season with his maiden All-Australian selection in 2017 in the half-back line.
Sam Docherty ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season training on 15 November 2017, and missed the entire 2018 AFL season as a result. Despite his injury, he was newly endorsed by the playing group as the club’s joint vice-captain prior to the season commencing.
In October 2018, Sam Docherty and Patrick Cripps were named the new co-captains of the club.
Sam Docherty ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season training on 10 December 2018, with no timeline on a return. It was his second ACL injury and on the same knee as his 2017 injury.
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