Darcy Fogarty was the Crow’s first pick (No. 12) in the 2017 AFL National Draft. Fogarty is a strongly built, dynamic and competitive tall forward who can push into the midfield. Fogarty possesses a thumping right foot kick, but has shown that his left is just as effective – with both easily able to sail over 50 metres. His kicking efficiency in the National Under 18 Championships this year was impressive, going at an elite 80.6 per cent efficiency.
Fogarty excelled in his round one debut against Essendon kicking two goals in his first AFL match. Fogarty had a 70 per cent disposal efficiency, four intercept possessions playing a far more damaging role for his side than other clubs may have anticipated. Fogarty uses his physicality to win ball utilizing his frame to lay bone-crunching tackles.
In round two Fogarty applied serious forward pressure and certainly let the Tigers defenders know of his presence. One particular incident saw ‘Fog’ hit premiership player Josh Caddy, making him earn his mark. Fogarty calmly slotted two set shots which never looked like missing. In the contest, Fogarty possesses quick and clean hands which allows him to get the ball out to teammates to clear a pack. On the occasions where he has played as an inside midfielder, he has shown this trait to be effective in allowing him to get a clearance and dish the ball out to the outside runners.
His strength in the air and at ground is notable. Fogarty is 191.9cm tall however plays as a dynamic and explosive player, proving to dominate the contest with his aggression and strength. Fogarty has stepped up in the AFL environment and we look forward to seeing what else he can produce this season.