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Andrew Leoncelli

Image DOB: 17 July 1974

Debut: Round 16, 1996 against Geelong at Kardinia Park
Last Game: Round 16, 2003 against Hawthorn at MCG

From: Carlton/Old Xaverians, Selection #10 1996 Pre-Season Draft

Number: 36 (1996-2003)

Honours
Grand Final team - 2000
150 Heroes selection
Victorian state player - 1999
Life Member - 2013

Games: 146
Goals: 66
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
6608045.20

Originally selected by Carlton with pick #13 in the 1993 Pre-Season Draft, Leoncellli was axed by the Blues after 23 Reserves games.

He stepped out of the game for a year and moved to Brisbane to study. Returning to Victoria in 1995 he was going to play for Koo-Wee-Rup, but was convinced to join Old Xaverians by coach Barry Richardson. Leoncelli played in a premiership side, won a best and fairest, and represented Victoria. With Richardson joining Melbourne as Chairman of Selectors during the season, and the 1995 Demon midfield greatly affected by injuries, Richardson talked Neale Balme into giving Leoncelli a chance. For the second time he was added to an AFL list via the pre-season draft.

A broken right ankle in a 1996 Practice Match against Essendon delayed the start to his year, and Leoncelli made his debut late in that season. In 1997 he finished third in the Best and Fairest despite only playing 12 games due to stress fractures. He was fifth in the award in 1998, and represented Victoria in 1999.

Leoncelli was named Melbourne's Deputy Vice Captain in 2000, and kicked an import goal to capture the lead in the 2000 Qualifying Final against Carlton. He played in that season's losing Grand Final side.

In Round 2, 2001, Leoncelli kicked the winning goal against Adelaide with just three seconds left. He only played 18 games, his lowest tally since 1997. After recovering to 24 games the next season, 2003 was another injury-ravaged campaign. In July he announced his retirement, as an ankle injury he'd carried for two months meant he couldn't complete the season. Leoncelli said: "Given the course of the season and how much work we have to do from here, the club really needs the people with the hunger and the passion, and I am on the downside of that".

Leoncelli served as Vice-President of the AFL Players Association. After giving AFL football away Leoncelli travelled to Europe, and upon his return settled in Sydney where he became player-coach of the Balmain Tigers of the Sydney AFL competition. He joined Melbourne's board in 2007, and was one of just three directors to survive the transition to the Jim Stynes administration. He retired from the board in 2010 and was late involved in both tax consultancy and residential development projects.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
1996 730
1997 1210
1998 2350
1999 2295
2000 24159
2001 18113
2002 24186
2003 1643
Tribunal Record
MatchChargeSanction
Round 21, 1999 Melee $1500 fine

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Directors

Media
Age - 22/01/2003
Age - 23/07/2003
Age - 24/07/2003
melbournefc.com.au - 22/03/2013

Links
Australian Rules Football profile
Australian Rules Football Wiki profile
Blueseum profile
melbfc.com.au profile - 2001
Melbourne FC profile - 2009
Wikipedia profile

Created by Supermercado. Last Modification: Wednesday 28 July 2021 13:20:40 AEST by Supermercado. (Version 35)

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