In the lead up to Sam Docherty’s 100th game, let us have a look back on his Carlton career thus far. Docherty has played 86 games and booted 13 goals for the Blues.
He arrived at Carlton after a couple of frustrating seasons at Brisbane at the end of 2013. Originally drafted with pick 12 in the 2011 draft, the Blues acquired the homesick Docherty with a third round selection.
A quad injury delayed his progress initially in 2014 and he had to till Round 7 to fulfil a childhood dream and run out for the Blues on the biggest stage of all v Collingwood. Used in a variety of roles in his debut season, he managed 16 games and booted 7 goals, finishing a creditable 9th in the B&F.
Since then he has found his niche as a rebounding defender with his ability to read the play across half back not only a constant source to repel attacks as well creating scoring opportunities with his wonderful ball use.
In 2015 he finished 6th in the B&F in what was a turbulent year for the Blues with the swift departure of Mick Malthouse mid season.
The arrival of Brendon Bolton saw Docherty really emerge. His first two seasons under Bolton saw him become an elite player.
A superb 2016 saw him win his first B&F which was followed up by finishing 2nd in 2017, in a season in which his year was rewarded with All Australian honours and was rewarded the David Parkin Medal in the Blues drought breaking win over Hawthorn in Round 21.
Sadly during the pre season in the lead up to the 2018 season, Docherty ruptured an ACL and missed the 2018 season, however such was his standing at the club, his leadership quality was rewarded with the joint vice captaincy.
Tragedy would strike again in the 2019 pre season when Docherty would reinjure his knee, thus requiring a 2nd knee reconstruction, having only recently been appointed joint skipper of the club, alongside Patrick Cripps.
Docherty during his rehab emerged as a wonderful source of knowledge to the young group around him and on match day would be an integral part of the coaching staff.
Finally in Round 1 2020, his determination to return was rewarded and it didn’t take long for Docherty to remind the football world of his value to the Blues. His form and leadership has been superb in 2020. He looks destined to be remembered as a Carlton great.
Round 7 2014 v Collingwood -Docherty’s debut for the Blues
Goals – Henderson 2 Gibbs Warnock Robinson
McLean Bell Everitt Garlett Casboult 1
Best – Murphy Buckley Simpson Tuohy Walker White
B: White Jamison Rowe
HB: Tuohy Walker Simpson
W: Scotland Docherty* Robinson
HF: McLean Bell* Thomas
F: Menzel Henderson Casboult
R: Warnock Murphy Gibbs
I/C: Everitt Buckley Lucas Garlett
*Docherty replaced Carazzo in selected side
*Bell replaced Waite in selected side.
Author: Andrew Lake.