Debut: AFL 2008
Recruited from: St Marys (NT)/Scotch College
Brownlow Votes: -
The Anderson Family
With his reconstructed hamstrings and new endurance-based fitness campaign, Rioli took his game to another level in 2015, which by any measurement was his best for the Hawks. Kicked 42 goals, including a career-best six against Geelong in round 20. He was No. 1 for goal assists (28) and third for tackles (104). Back to full fitness, Rioli missed just two games – he was sidelined for 13 matches the year before – and his new-found durability allowed him to play some great burst football through the midfield. Rioli’s last two weeks of the season were sublime, with key goals in the preliminary final and then a best-on-ground performance in the Grand Final. Re-signed until the end of 2019.
Player honours: 2nd best and fairest 2009, 2015; Norm Smith Medal 2015; All-Australian 2012, 2015; NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2008; premiership sides 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015. Brownlow Medal: 2015 votes 7; career votes 36.
Draft history: 2007 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (Hawthorn) No. 12 overall.