Mark Ricciuto

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Mark Ricciuto
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Personal information
Full name Mark Anthony Ricciuto
Nickname(s) "Roo"
Date of birth (1975-06-08) 8 June 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Waikerie, South Australia
Original team West Adelaide
Height/Weight 184 cm / 92 kg
Position(s) Midfielder, Resting Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1993–2007 Adelaide 312 (292)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1995–1999 South Australia 5 (2)
International team honours
1998–2000 Australia 2 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2007 season.
Career highlights

Mark Anthony Ricciuto (/rɨˈʃt/ ri-SHOO-toe; born 8 June 1975) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). From South Australia, Ricciuto began with the West Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), making his debut at the age of 16, before being recruited by Adelaide as a zone selection prior to the 1993 season. Playing as a midfielder, he established himself in Adelaide's side, receiving a nomination for the AFL Rising Star in 1993, his debut season, and being named in the All-Australian team the following season, the first of eight selections overall. Having played in Adelaide's premiership side in 1998, also winning the Malcolm Blight Medal as the club's best and fairest, Ricciuto replaced Mark Bickley as the club's captain prior to the 2001 season. Consistently considered one of the best midfielders in the competition during the early 2000s (decade), Ricciuto shared the 2003 Brownlow Medal with Nathan Buckley and Adam Goodes, and was selected in the All-Australian team for four consecutive seasons between 2002 and 2005, captaining the side in both 2004 and 2005. Having played more of a forward role in his last two seasons, Ricciuto retired at the end of the 2007 season, having played a total of 312 games for Adelaide, kicking 292 goals. Also representing South Australia in interstate football and Australia in the International Rules Series, Ricciuto was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2011, and the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

AFL career[edit]

Early career (1993–1996)[edit]

Ricciuto was born in Waikerie, South Australia. He was recruited by SANFL team West Adelaide and soon after – as a 16 year old high schooler – was recruited by the Adelaide Crows in 1992. He debuted in the AFL in 1993. Ricciuto earned his first All Australian selection as a 19 year old in 1994.

Rising career (1997–2001)[edit]

After a stellar year in 1997 (in which he received his second All Australian guernsey) he ended up missing the 1997 premiership due to a late season injury. Despite this setback, he rallied in 1998 to again be an All Australian, win the club best and fairest and play in his only premiership. He was appointed as the Adelaide captain in 2001.

Career high (2002–2005)[edit]

In 2003, he was joint winner of the league's highest honor, the Brownlow Medal, with Collingwood's Nathan Buckley and Sydney's Adam Goodes. In 2004 he came second in the Bronwlow medal. In 2004 and 2005 he earned his seventh and eighth All-Australian guernsey. However at the end of the 2005 season Ricciuto was suspended following an incident in the Crows' final regular season match against West Coast; thus ruling him out of Brownlow Medal contention and the Crows' first qualifying final against fourth placed St Kilda, hampering the Crows' attempts at a straight path to the preliminary final. Indeed, the Crows lost this match by just eight points, and ultimately the Crows finished one match short of the 2005 decider.

Twilight career (2006–2007)[edit]

Late in the 2006 season, Ricciuto was ruled out of the Crows' final few matches due to a "mystery ailment" which was later found to be parvovirus B19.[1] Nevertheless, Ricciuto led the Crows to their second straight top-two finish in 2006 and thus a more direct path to the preliminary final, again against the West Coast Eagles where again the Crows finished one match short of the decider, losing the preliminary final by just 10 points.

Ricciuto played his 300th AFL game on 21 July 2006 against North Melbourne. He kicked 5 goals in a game that Adelaide won by 72 points. He was quicker than any other player in AFL history to this milestone, in 13 years and 83 days, some 11 days quicker than Carlton's Craig Bradley.[2]

Retirement[edit]

Ricciuto announced his retirement on 16 August 2007 due to persistent injuries. During his career he amassed an incredible eight All Australian selections, a record matched in the AFL era only by St Kilda's Robert Harvey. Ricciuto was also twice named All Australian captain in 2004 and 2005, joining Wayne Carey and Michael Voss as the only multiple All Australian Captains in the AFL era.

He currently plays for the Prince Alfred Old Collegians Football Club.[3]

Family life[edit]

Ricciuto is noted for his Italian heritage, and bears a large tattoo of his family name on his back. His grandfather was born in the small Italian town of Fragneto Monforte.

On 19 January 2008 Ricciuto married Sarah Delahunt. They have two daughters and three sons.

Post AFL career[edit]

In 2008, he played for Prince Alfred College in division 4 of the South Australian Amateur Football League.

Ricciuto played in the ANZAC day clash 2008 with Waikerie A grade against Loxton. Waikerie won the match by 38 points.

Ricciuto also played in the 2008 Riverland Grand Final with Waikerie against Renmark. In time on in the final quarter with not very much time left on the clock, Ricciuto kicked the 12th goal for Waikerie to seal back-to-back Premierships for Waikerie.[4]

Ricciuto now works in the media is an AFL commentator for both Triple M and Fox Footy.

Ricciuto was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2011,[5] and into the South Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2012.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Ricciuto
  2. ^ Crows must recruit better, says Ricciuto
  3. ^ Round 1 at Coopers Stadium
  4. ^ Fjeldstad, Jesper (14 September 2008). "Mark Ricciuto leads Waikerie Magpies to Riverland premiership". news.com.au. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Jon (9 June 2011). "Hard-working Mark Ricciuto inducted into AFL Hall of Fame". Herald Sun. 
  6. ^ Hall of Fame: Mark Ricciuto – South Australian Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 13 September 2012.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mark Bickley
Adelaide Football Club Captain
2001–2007
Succeeded by
Simon Goodwin
Awards
Preceded by
Andrew McLeod
Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
1998
Succeeded by
Ben Hart
Preceded by
Simon Black
Brownlow Medallist
2003
Succeeded by
Chris Judd
Preceded by
Ben Hart
Adelaide Best and Fairest winner
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Simon Goodwin
Preceded by
Michael Voss
All-Australian Team Captain
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Brad Johnson