Michael Firrito

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Michael Firrito
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Personal information
Full name Michael Firrito
Nickname(s) Spud, The Mexican
Date of birth (1983-11-27) 27 November 1983 (age 33)
Original team(s) Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
Height / weight 189cm / 93kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club North Melbourne
Number 11
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2016 North Melbourne 275 (29)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of Round 23, 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Michael "Spud" Firrito (born 27 November 1983) is an Australian rules footballer who is a former player of the North Melbourne Football Club in Australian Football League (AFL). He made his AFL debut in round 12 on the 13 June 2003. He played 2 games that year and the following year received a Rising Star nomination. Although primarily a defender, he has been used by the Kangaroos as a tagger in the past.

Firrito had a career best year in 2007. He was the main defender for the Roos, with his bulky yet small frame attracting the big forwards of the game. After Glenn Archer's retirement, Archer handed over his no. 11 guernsey to Firrito, who wore the number instead of the no. 24 he had worn since his debut in 2004. He has played over 200 AFL matches and all for North Melbourne Football Club.

In August 2016, North Melbourne announced they would not renew Firrito's contract for the 2017 season.[1]

International Rules Series[edit]

Michael Firrito was selected by Mick Malthouse for 2008 International Rules series for Australia against Ireland. In the first Test, Firrito played as full back and right corner back before replacing Nathan Bock as goalkeeper for the second test,[2] when he made many good saves despite conceding 4 goals.[3] Firrito was one of 5 North Melbourne players selected in the squad, along with Daniel Wells, Drew Petrie, Brent Harvey and Matt Campbell.

Statistics[edit]

[4]
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)
2003 Kangaroos 42 2 0 0 6 2 8 1 3 0.0 0.0 3.0 1.0 4.0 0.5 1.5
2004 Kangaroos 24 16 4 2 90 61 151 35 33 0.3 0.1 5.6 3.8 9.4 2.2 2.1
2005 Kangaroos 24 23 5 4 168 105 273 84 74 0.2 0.2 7.3 4.6 11.9 3.7 3.2
2006 Kangaroos 24 17 3 5 130 107 237 76 44 0.2 0.3 7.6 6.3 13.9 4.5 2.6
2007 Kangaroos 24 24 1 1 164 168 332 89 39 0.0 0.0 6.8 7.0 13.8 3.7 1.6
2008 North Melbourne 11 23 1 7 156 179 335 109 40 0.0 0.3 6.8 7.8 14.6 4.7 1.7
2009 North Melbourne 11 22 9 6 172 197 369 81 101 0.4 0.3 7.8 9.0 16.8 3.7 4.6
2010 North Melbourne 11 22 2 2 192 232 424 89 54 0.1 0.1 8.7 10.5 19.3 4.0 2.5
2011 North Melbourne 11 21 2 1 180 163 343 68 57 0.1 0.0 8.6 7.8 16.3 3.2 2.7
2012 North Melbourne 11 23 1 1 190 222 412 98 37 0.0 0.0 8.3 9.7 17.9 4.3 1.6
2013 North Melbourne 11 17 0 0 162 90 252 83 28 0.0 0.0 9.5 5.3 14.8 4.9 1.6
2014 North Melbourne 11 20 1 0 192 135 327 94 34 0.1 0.0 9.6 6.8 16.4 4.7 1.7
2015 North Melbourne 11 23 0 3 189 123 312 79 52 0.0 0.1 8.2 5.3 13.6 3.4 2.3
2016 North Melbourne 11 22 0 0 165 117 282 83 26 0.0 0.0 7.5 5.3 12.8 3.8 1.2
Career 275 29 32 2156 1901 4057 1069 622 0.1 0.1 7.8 6.9 14.8 3.9 2.3

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