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Fisher keen to hook more success

Mitch Fisher (right) and teammate Morgan Fenton enjoy Modewarre’s Mad Monday celebrations.

MITCH Fisher is confident Modewarre’s maiden BFL premiership won’t be a one-off.

The Warriors overcame rank underdog status to upset Barwon Heads by 47 points in Saturday’s decider, and Fisher believes they are well-placed to challenge for some time yet.

“The club’s been to two grand finals in three years, so they’re in a pretty good spot now with the list we have,” Fisher said during

“We have a pretty young list. We have a few guys in their early 30s like ‘Meeso’ (John Meesen) and Josh (Finch), but the majority of the list is early-to-mid 20s.

“If we can hang on to everyone, we should be able to sustain it for a pretty long period, which is exciting.”

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For Fisher, the Warriors’ success vindicated his decision to again return from South Barwon, this time after just one year.

However, two broken vertebrae suffered during his time at the Swans meant the 27-year-old was no certainty of getting back on the field.

“Halfway through February when I went and got my back checked again, the doctor I saw at the time pretty much told me to stop playing footy altogether,” Fisher said.

“Then, I was fortunate enough through a couple of contacts to get to see the Western Bulldogs’ doctor (Jake Zimmerman), and he put me on a different program and, fortunately, with a couple of more month rest I was right to go again.”

The importance of Fisher to Modewarre is reflected in how the Warriors performed with and without him.

Before his return for the Round 9 clash with Ocean Grove, Modewarre was in a precarious position with a 3-5 win-loss record.

From that point on, the Warriors lost just three more games for the year.

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Fisher.

“I probably only did 4-5 weeks of running before I started playing again,” he said.

“The first three or four games I was playing as a permanent forward and still picked up a few niggles.

“But I ended up playing eight or nine games for the year and lucky enough to be there at the right time, which was pleasing.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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