Leigh Fisher - St Kilda


Date of Birth : 19th April 1984

Height/Weight : 188 cms (6' 2"), 86 kgs (13st 7lb)


St Kilda 2003 - 2008

55 games, 5 goals

Guernsey No : 22 in 2003 to 2004, 6 in 2006 to 2008

AFL Umpire 2013 - present

96 games

Shirt No : 3


Fisher was recruited as the number 46 draft pick in the 2002 AFL Draft from Sandringham. He made his debut for the St Kilda Football Club in 2003 against the West Coast Eagles in Round 18. Fisher went on to become a regular fixture in the Saints' best 22 playing as a small defender in 2006 and 2007.

Fisher originally wore number 22 until 2005 when he changed to number 6. He now wears the number 37 after his rookie redrafting. Number 6 is now worn by Zac Dawson.

On 13 November 2009 he was delisted from the St Kilda team. As of the end of the 2009 AFL season he had played in one AFL finals match and one pre-season cup final. He did not play a game in 2009. He had been redrafted by St Kilda as a rookie player.

Fisher's supurb 2007 season was emphasised by a career high 32 disposals against Hawthorn in Round 8 2007, with 25 kicks, 7 marks and 7 handballs to his name.

If there's one thing more challenging than the pressures of playing Australian Rules at the elite level each week, it's officiating it.

But that didn't deterred Leigh from becoming an AFL umpire.

The former Saint has taken up the role since finishing his playing career, and isn't affected by the negative demands associated with arguably the toughest job in sport.

But as Fisher explains to aflplayers.com.au, donning the green shirt has its challenges.

"Mentally, I find umpiring more challengin than playing, because you can't switch off for one minute"

"Umpiring is probably more intense mentally, while physically we're constantly running up and back and the demands are probably similar to playing - except you don't have the bumps, which makes it a lot easier. But in terms of mentally, I find it's probably more challenging because you can't switch off for one minute," Fisher said.

"It's a completely different dynamic because you arrive at the rooms and there might be only six or eight umpires and there's three field umpires so that's your team, I suppose.

"You have to create your own environment; you don't have 20 other blokes getting you up. But you still want to remain calm and focused and don't want to get pumped up like you are playing."