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Guy Rigoni

Image DOB: July 27 1974

Debut: Round 1, 1998 against Fremantle at Subiaco
Last Game: 2005 Elimination Final against Geelong at MCG

From: Myrtleford/Hawthorn

Number: 43 1998-2005

Honours:
Best First Year Player - 1998
Grand Final team - 2000

Games: 107
Goals: 35
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
5505251.40

Statistical categories led:
Most games in jumper 43
Most goals in jumper 43

Picked up by Hawthorn after just a dozen senior matches for Myrtleford, Rigoni sent 1993 and 1994 playing 42 matches in the Hawks' Reserves side before being released.

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.

He played 11 more games in 2005, the last being another losing Elimination Final against Geelong before appearing in another Sandringham premiership side.

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.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1998 2561
1999 2090
2000 2583
2001 1030
2003 931
2004 720
2005 1140

Tribunal Record
MatchChargeSanction
Round 21, 1999 Melee $1000 fine


Media
"Melbourne guernseys with a blue collar" - The Age 06/05/2000
Interview with melbfc.com.au - 26/04/2001
"Demons take a punt on a fit Rigoni" - The Age 21/12/2002
AFANA News 22/12/2003

Links
Wikipedia profile

Created by telko. Last Modification: Thursday 05 November 2015 11:23:03 AEDT by Supermercado. (Version 35)

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