This weekend one of the Demon’s 2018 premiership players, Fraser ‘Frog’ Nixon, plays his 150th open-age game for the Pennant Hills Demons.
Since playing his 100th game in the Division Three Grand Final in 2016, Fraser has played an even spread of games between the Reserve and Third grade sides, respectively. Unfortunately, the Demons were beaten by a hot Wollondilly side in 2016, however, he broke through for his first Flag last season, playing in the victorious Division One side in the 2018 Grand Final.
Ironically, in 2018, he had played the whole season in the Reserves, a total of 17 games including the Qualifying Final, but ultimately missed selection for the Reserve Grade Grand Final, making way, it would seem, for young gun Harry Maguire who was available for selection due to the Premier Division side not making finals. Frog was, however, an automatic selection for the Division One side.
In a low scoring match, Fraser kicked one of the Demon’s eight goals in the Division One Grand Final. In the final moments of the third quarter, Frog marked a Nick De Gorter ‘rain-maker’ at about 25 metres out and kicked the team’s crucial 5th goal after the siren, ensuring that the Demons had the momentum coming into the final term. Penno was still 11 pts behind Sydney University at the start of the fourth quarter, but the momentum created by Frog’s goal enabled the Demons to run over the top of the Students who were kept scoreless in the final term. Penno eventually won by 8 pts and the Demon’s Adam Smith was adjudged Best on Ground in the Grand Final.
In spite of the disappointment of the Grand Final loss in 2016, Frog nevertheless had a remarkable season personally. Unaccustomed to playing as a forward, Frog demonstrated his excellent versatility as a player, kicking 51 goals that season, finishing second in the Division Three competition and 8 goals ahead of Josh Mott who finished third in the competition with 43 goals of his own. What a ‘dynamic duo’ they were, kicking 94 goals between them. Frog, who is all hips and thighs, is renowned for his body-work against the opposition and is adept at moving his opponents under the ball. His best performance was 8 goals against Holroyd-Parramatta at the Goanna’s home ground Gipps Road Oval. He rounded out the 2016 season as third grade’s Most Consistent player and was Best Team Man in 2017.
On behalf of everyone at Pennant Hills we wish Frog Nixon the best of luck for his 150 game milestone match and congratulate him on this magnificent achievement! Go Penno!
|FRASER NIXON #32 – CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
(2007 – 2019)
|5 Premier Division
93 Reserve Grade
52 Lower Grade
72 Under 18
|Division One (Third Grade)||2018|
|Under 18 (Devils) – Runner Up Best & Fairest
Under 18 – Captain & Most Consistent
Reserve Grade (Division One) – Best Team Man
Third Grade (Division Three) – Most Consistent
Third Grade (Division Two) – Best Team Man
|Pennant Hills Juniors – 3 seasons, 35 Games, B&F (Under 14), MC (Under 16)|
FRASER NIXON #32 – MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
|Division One Grand Final 2018 – Blacktown ISP – 9 September 2018
Pennant Hills 8.6-54 defeated Sydney University 6.10-46
Fraser Nixon 1 goal; Adam Smith Best on Ground in GF
|Division Three Grand Final 2016 – Blacktown ISP – 10 September 2016
Pennant Hills 6.9-45 lost to Wollondilly Knights 12.3-75
Fraser Nixon 1 goal
|Division Three – Round 7 – at Gipps Rd Oval – 14 May 2016
Pennant Hills 17.14-116 defeated Holroyd Parramatta Goannas 4.7-31
Fraser Nixon 8 goals/Best for Pennant Hills