Matthew Capuano

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Matthew Capuano
Personal information
Date of birth (1975-09-02) 2 September 1975 (age 39)
Original team Creswick / Geelong U18
Debut Round 13, 18 June 1994, North Melbourne
v. Richmond, at the MCG
Height/Weight 198cm / 99kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994-2000
2001-2003
Total -
North Melbourne
St Kilda
082 (24)
025 (13)
107 (37)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2003 season.
Career highlights

Matthew Capuano (born 2 September 1975) is a former Australian rules footballer who spent his AFL career with the North Melbourne Football Club and the St Kilda Football Club. Capuano is currently a development coach at the Carlton Football Club. He was most remembered for being sacked by the Saints at the middle of the 2003 season.

Kangaroos career[edit]

Capuano made his AFL debut for North Melbourne in the 1994 season; He played a total of 82 games for the Kangaroos, and was a member of the club's 1996 and 1999 premiership side.

St Kilda career[edit]

Capuano's career with the Saints was plagued by shoulder and knee injuries. He played 25 games in his three seasons for the Saints. Although making his 100th AFL appearance in Round 8, 2002, he underwent a knee surgery after Round 9 and missed all remaining AFL games that season.

Mid-season sacking[edit]

After making six appearances in the first nine rounds of the 2003 season, Capuano was sacked by the Saints.[1] The coach, Grant Thomas, explained that Capuano's poor form lead to his sacking. While it is suggested that the young and rising Saints did not need Capuano's service anymore,[2] the Saints were also criticised for axing Capuano at the wrong time as Trent Knobel and Barry Brooks, their other two ruckmen, were both injured at the time.[3]

Although a number of VFL clubs sought Capuano’s servicea after he was sacked,[4] he did not accept any offers and spent the latter half of 2003 travelling Europe. He also did not nominate for the 2003 AFL Draft[5] and spent 2004 playing for South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League.[6]

Coaching[edit]

Capuano signed with the Carlton Football Club in 2009 to coach their ruckmen on a part-time basis. The following season, the Blues made Capuano a full-time development coach and a direct ruck coach.

Playing Statistics[edit]

[7]
Legend
 D  Disposals  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs  G  Goals  B  Behinds
Denotes seasons in which Capuano won an AFL Premiership
Year Team # Games D K H M T H/O G B D K H M T H/O G B
Totals Averages (per game)
1994 North Melbourne 40 3 7 3 4 6 3 3 1 0 2.3 1.0 1.3 2.0 1.0 1.0 0.3 0.0
1995 North Melbourne 16 15 131 68 63 46 6 88 5 4 8.7 4.5 4.2 3.1 0.4 5.9 0.3 0.3
1996 North Melbourne 16 18 143 81 62 41 1 81 6 0 7.9 4.5 3.4 2.3 0.1 4.5 0.3 0.0
1997 North Melbourne 16 0
1998 North Melbourne 16 13 85 59 26 25 7 121 3 3 6.5 4.5 2.0 1.9 0.5 9.3 0.2 0.2
1999 Kangaroos 16 19 192 127 65 63 11 263 4 4 10.1 6.7 3.4 3.3 0.6 13.8 0.2 0.2
2000 Kangaroos 16 14 88 69 19 36 13 129 5 2 6.3 4.9 1.4 2.6 0.9 9.2 0.4 0.1
2001 St Kilda 16 12 96 70 26 51 4 119 8 0 8.0 5.8 2.2 4.3 0.3 9.9 0.7 0.0
2002 St Kilda 16 7 81 44 37 37 3 37 4 0 11.6 6.3 5.3 5.3 0.4 5.3 0.6 0.0
2003 St Kilda 16 6 51 27 24 21 7 43 1 0 8.5 4.5 4.0 3.5 1.2 7.2 0.2 0.0
Career 107 874 548 326 326 55 884 37 13 8.2 5.1 3.0 3.0 0.5 8.3 0.3 0.1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saints sack Capuano, The Age, 26 May 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
  2. ^ Walls, R., "Thomas does the hard thing but the right thing", The Age, 30 May 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
  3. ^ Connolly, R., "Thrills and spills in 2003", The Age, 30 September 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006
  4. ^ Lyon, K. & Niall, J., "Capuano now a wanted man", The Age, 30 May 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
  5. ^ Quayle, E., "No draft for Capuano", The Age, 22 October 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2006.
  6. ^ WAFL Online playing statistics
  7. ^ Matthew Capuano's player profile at AFL Tables

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