- Dean Rioli
Dean Rioli Personal information Birth 20 May 1978 Recruited from South Fremantle Football Club (WAFL) Height and weight 180cm / 102kg Playing career¹ Team(s)
Essendon Football Club (1999–2006)
100 games, 91 goals
¹ Statistics to end of 2006 season Career highlights
- AFL Rising Star award nominee, 1999
The nephew of Maurice Rioli, the Richmond Football Club champion of the 1980s, Rioli grew up on the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory, but was recruited from the South Fremantle Football Club in the 1997 AFL Draft.
He is renowned for his goal sense, silky skills and his ability to play well even when overweight and unfit. Rioli had ongoing injury problems (particularly knee-related) for many years, severely limiting his games played and the level of fitness he was able to attain.
During his final season in 2006, Rioli battled injury problems and only played four games.
Retirement from AFL
Dean Rioli played his last game for the Essendon Football Club on 26 August 2006. It was also his 100th AFL game.
Post AFL career
Following his retirement, Rioli returned to the Northern Territory to play in the Northern Territory Football League with the Tiwi Bombers, where he became a solid contributor and on-field leader.
In October 2008 Rioli was appointed senior coach for 2009 at the Aberfeldie Football Club, in the Essendon District Football League. Prior to this he was an assistant coach, a role he also performed in 2006 at the Keilor Park Football Club. Rioli continued as senior coach at Aberfeldie in 2010 but stepped down at the end of the home and away season. He was succeeded by John McMillan who has been announced as the new Senior Coach of the club.
In a work move very dear to his heart, Dean runs the company DRAES which stands for Dean Rioli Aboriginal Employment Services. Based in Essendon, a suburb of Melbourne, it specialises in finding the right type of job for indigenous people.
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