DOB: July 27 1974
Number: 43 1998-2005
Rigoni then returned to Myrtleford and continued to be one of his side's best over the next three seasons. Having just won their Best and Fairest, he was in invited to play reserves for Melbourne in the last round of 1997 and won a spot on the senior list after racking up 33 possessions in his one game despite not knowing anybody else and having spent three days of the previous week on an end of season bender.
He made his senior debut in the first round of 2008 and played all 25 games that year. He added another 20 in 1999 and had rapidly become one of his side's key midfielders - despite being dropped at one point after a form slump.
2000 saw him play every game for the season again, including 23 touches in the losing Grand Final side but a bulging disc in his back meant Rigoni missed every match from Round 13, 2001 to Round 3, 2003. Put onto the long term injury list after round 1, 2002 he was initially delisted, but when it became clear that he was going to make a recovery Melbourne re-drafted him with selection 5 in the Pre-Season Draft. After having the troublesome disc shaved in order to try and make his comeback, he took part in every pre-season training session before the draft.
Rigoni played nine games in 2003 and seven in 2004, including the losing Elimination Final against Essendon. That year he also played in the winning Sandringham VFL premiership side and was voted best on ground in the Grand Final.
In October of 2005 Rigoni announced his retirement at the age of 31. He continued to play for Sandringham as a VFL listed player in 2006, and won another premiership that season before returning to Myrtleford.
|Round 21, 1999||Melee||$1000 fine|