Bontempelli in June 2017
|Full name||Marcus Bontempelli|
|Date of birth||November 24, 1995|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Eltham (NFL)
Northern Knights (TAC Cup)
|Draft||No. 4, 2013 national draft|
|Height / weight||193 cm / 92 kg|
|Current club||Western Bulldogs|
|2014–||Western Bulldogs||79 (74)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of Round 4, 2017.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Marcus Bontempelli (born 24 November 1995) is an Italian-Australian rules footballer who represents the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL). Bontempelli was drafted by the Bulldogs with pick 4 in the 2013 AFL Draft. After a successful debut season, he won the Best First-Year Player award for 2014 and was runner up in the 2014 AFL Rising Star award, finishing one vote behind Lewis Taylor.
Bontempelli was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, the second of four children to father Carlo, whose heritage is from Caulonia, in the Province of Reggio Calabria in Southern Italy, and mother Geraldine (nee Hunt). Bontempelli has three sisters: Alanna, Olivia and Sienna, and is a younger cousin of fellow AFL footballer Nick Dal Santo. He was educated at Marcellin College.
Bontempelli made his senior debut in Round 5 of the 2014 AFL season against Carlton and received a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination in Round 13 for his 22 disposals and one goal performance in the Bulldogs' win over Collingwood. In Round 15, Bontempelli kicked a remarkable goal tight up on the boundary in the final minutes of the match to give the Dogs a one goal win over Melbourne. Bontempelli was awarded the Club's best first-year player in 2014, alongside his AFLPA best first-year player award. He finished second in the NAB AFL Rising Star in the same year.
2015 was a good season for the Dogs as they made the finals for the first time since 2010. Although they were knocked out in the Elimination Final by the Adelaide Crows.
On 5 June 2016, in the absence of acting captain Easton Wood, who was filling in for injured regular captain Robert Murphy, Bontempelli captained the Western Bulldogs against the West Coast at Etihad Stadium, becoming the youngest match day captain since Jack Trengove in 2012. With the Bulldogs winning the match by eight points, Bontempelli became the youngest player in history to captain a VFL/AFL side to victory at 20 years and 194 days of age. He received 20 votes in the 2016 Brownlow Medal, the highest of any player for the Bulldogs. He was instrumental in the Bulldogs' four consecutive finals, including the 2016 AFL Grand Final, which was the club's first premiership victory in 62 years, where he had 22 disposals. His season was rewarded with the Charles Sutton Medal as the club best and fairest.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season
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