Leigh Montagna

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Leigh Montagna
Leigh Montagna 2017.2.jpg
Montagna in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Leigh Montagna
Nickname(s) Joey
Date of birth (1983-11-02) 2 November 1983 (age 33)
Original team(s) Northern Knights (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 37, 2001 National Draft, St Kilda
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club St Kilda
Number 11
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2002– St Kilda 280 (153)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008– Australia Australia 5 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 10, 2017.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2010.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Leigh Montagna (born 2 November 1983) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Montagna was recruited as the number 37 draft pick in the 2001 AFL Draft. He is a midfielder with St Kilda Football Club.

AFL career[edit]

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Montagna is an elite midfielder who is known for his kicking ability, leadership and high level of consistency. He is a two time All Australian and finished Top 3 in St Kilda's Best & Fairest on five occasions. A Rising Star nominee in 2003, he enjoyed his breakthrough season in 2006, missing only one match and gathering over 400 disposals for the season. Into his 16th AFL season, Montagna, an AFLPA board member, has been a part of the St Kilda FC leadership group since 2008 and is one of the most respected players in the game.

He was recruited to the St Kilda Football Club as the number 37 draft pick in the 2001 AFL Draft.

2004 season: Wizard Home Loans Cup[edit]

Montagna played in St Kilda’s 2004 Wizard Home Loans Cup winning side.[1] He only managed 9 games for the season averaging 11 disposals per game

2006 season[edit]

2006 would be Montagna's breakthrough season. Cementing himself in the senior team, he went on to play 22 games for the season, leading the club in Inside 50's, running bounces, and was top 5 in tackles and hard ball gets. He averaged over 19 disposals per game and was rewarded with an 8th place finish in the club best and fairest.

2007 season[edit]

In Round 8, 2007, in a match against Hawthorn, Montagna suffered a broken jaw but only missed one week with the injury. Although 2007 was the first since 2003 that St Kilda had missed out on playing in the finals series, it was the season that saw Montagna become a top line AFL footballer. Montagna played consistently throughout the season and continued the improvement he had shown in 2006. He played an accountable and hard running role through St Kilda's midfield, averaging 24 disposals and 3 tackles per game and kicking 10 goals for the year.[2] Some of Montagna's highlights for the year included best on ground performances against the Kangaroos, Richmond and Hawthorn in the second half of the year. Montagna was rewarded for his efforts with a third-place finish in St Kilda's 2007 best and fairest.[3]

2008 season: NAB Cup[edit]

Montagna played in St Kilda’s 2008 NAB Cup winning side - the club's third pre-season cup win.[4][5]

2008 saw Montagna continue to become a vital cog in the St Kilda midfield that got beaten in the Preliminary final by eventual Premier Hawthorn. He finished the year as the leading kick getter in the competition and second for Inside 50's. Montagna was rewarded by being selected for the first time to represent Australia against Ireland in the International Rules series

2009 season[edit]

Montagna averaged 27.9 disposals and 6.25 tackles in 2009.[2]

Montagna played in 21 of 22 matches in the 2009 season, notching up his 100th AFL game in round 2, in a year in which St Kilda qualified in first position for the finals series.[6] He played in the 2009 AFL Grand Final in which St Kilda were defeated by 12 points. Montagna's season saw him become one of the best players in the competition. A brownlow medal contender, a 3rd place finish in a tight St Kilda Best and Fairest count and All Australian for the first time, 2009 was clearly his best season to date.

2010 season[edit]

Montagna played 26 games in 2010, including the infamous draw and replay Grand finals, averaging 28.6 possessions.[7] He finished second in St Kilda's Best & Fairest Award (Trevor Barker Medal), was selected in the AFL's All-Australian team for the second year in a row, finished in the Top 10 in the AFL Brownlow medal, and capped off the year by representing Australia in the International rules series for the second time.

2011-present[edit]

The departure of Ross Lyon at the end of the 2011 season resulted in the beginning a complete rebuild for the Saints and despite the retirements and movement of many of his senior teammates, Montagna remained a model of consistency and a key leader through the rebuild. He played 102 out of 110 games in that period averaging 26.4 disposals, finishing no lower than 4th in the club Best and Fairest and representing Australia on two more occasions.

2016 saw Montagna play across half back for the first time in his career where he excelled in that role averaging 29.2 disposals per game and helped lead the club to within percentage of playing finals for the first time since 2011.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of round 9, 2016[8]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2002 St Kilda 28 1 0 0 3 1 4 3 2 0.0 0.0 3.0 1.0 4.0 3.0 2.0
2003 St Kilda 28 12 12 3 73 52 125 30 18 1.0 0.3 6.1 4.3 10.4 2.5 1.5
2004 St Kilda 28 9 9 2 58 43 101 28 25 1.0 0.2 6.4 4.8 11.2 3.1 2.8
2005 St Kilda 11 8 6 3 78 43 121 35 19 0.8 0.4 9.8 5.4 15.1 4.4 2.4
2006 St Kilda 11 22 12 14 270 151 421 106 81 0.5 0.6 12.3 6.9 19.1 4.8 3.7
2007 St Kilda 11 21 10 12 339 163 502 108 75 0.5 0.6 16.1 7.8 23.9 5.1 3.6
2008 St Kilda 11 25 12 11 388 179 567 118 82 0.5 0.4 15.5 7.2 22.7 4.7 3.3
2009 St Kilda 11 24 8 19 399 271 670 123 150 0.3 0.8 16.6 11.3 27.9 5.1 6.3
2010 St Kilda 11 26 18 17 429 316 745 111 126 0.7 0.7 16.5 12.2 28.7 4.3 4.8
2011 St Kilda 11 21 13 10 335 171 506 88 94 0.6 0.5 16.0 8.1 24.1 4.2 4.5
2012 St Kilda 11 22 13 8 324 194 518 100 104 0.6 0.4 14.7 8.8 23.5 4.5 4.7
2013 St Kilda 11 21 16 8 395 226 621 101 82 0.8 0.4 18.8 10.8 29.6 4.8 3.9
2014 St Kilda 11 20 9 5 310 160 470 79 80 0.5 0.3 15.5 8.0 23.5 4.0 4.0
2015 St Kilda 11 17 8 9 277 209 486 85 82 0.5 0.5 16.3 12.3 28.6 5.0 4.8
2016 St Kilda 11 9 0 3 158 105 263 61 25 0.0 0.3 17.6 11.7 29.2 6.8 2.8
Career 258 146 124 3836 2284 6120 1176 1045 0.6 0.5 14.9 8.9 23.7 4.6 4.1

Personal[edit]

Montagna was involved in a police investigation of a woman's claims of being raped by St Kilda player, Stephen Milne at Montagna's house in 2004. No allegations were made against Montagna. Charges against Milne were not laid by the police at that time; In 2014 Montagna married his girlfriend of four years, Erinn Byrne.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFL 2004 Wizard Cup Grand Final - Geelong v St Kilda". Slattery Media Group. 2004-03-13. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  2. ^ a b "AFL Tables: Leigh Montagna". AFL Tables. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Lane, Samantha (6 October 2007). "Riewoldt wins record fourth gong". Real Footy. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "St Kilda wins NAB cup". The Age. Melbourne. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Saints are NAB Cup Champions in 2008". Jeld-Wen. 8 March 2008. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  6. ^ "2009 Season Scores and Results - Ladder". AFL Tables. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 
  7. ^ "Leigh Montagna player profile". 
  8. ^ "Leigh Montagna". AFL Tables. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/clementine_ford/status/430148766012669952

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