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Season review: Orazio Fantasia

Orazio Fantasia had high hopes of an injury-free run at the 2019 season, but things didn’t always go to plan this year.

3:30pm  Sep 19, 2019

Raz, Dons ready for the challenge

Orazio Fantasia says making the finals is just the start for the Bombers, who he says can beat any of their fellow premiership contenders.

5:18pm  Aug 29, 2019

Heppell, Fantasia in doubt

Dyson Heppell and Orazio Fantasia are no certainties to face Gold Coast on Sunday.

1:10pm  Jul 22, 2019

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Orazio
Fantasia

Forward

Height
178 cm
DOB
14-09-1995
Weight
77 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2019
15
Career
75
Goals
2019
20
Career
110
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
828
Avg
55
OrazioFantasia

Player bio

At a Glance

Junior clubs: Payneham Norwood Union (SA)
Recruited from: Norwood (SANFL)
Draft history: Pick No.55, 2013 national draft
Debut: Round 20, 2014
Brownlow votes: 11

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Player Bio

One of the league’s most exciting and damaging forwards, Fantasia is among the club’s most important players.

Often described as the side’s ‘barometer’, Fantasia is regularly one of the key factors behind some of the club’s best wins.

In 2018 the speedster was held to just 13 games after numerous frustrating injuries, but he still managed to boot 20 goals and record career-high averages for clearances, tackles, inside-50s and contested possessions as he showed his worth pushing further up the ground.

His ability to bust open the game and force fans onto their feet with his dazzling skill is sensational and if he can stay fit and firing in 2019, the sky is the limit.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 15
    • Kicks 6.7
    • Handballs 4.8
    • Disposals 11.5
    • Marks 3.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.1
    • Goals 1.3
    • AFL Fantasy 55.2

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Melbourne Rd 3
Handballs 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 4
Disposals 21 Melbourne Rd 3
Marks 10 Melbourne Rd 3
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 North Melbourne Rd 17
Goals 4 Sydney Swans Rd 8
AFL Fantasy 108 Melbourne Rd 3

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants L 112 - 40 6 3 9 2 0 1 2 3 0 3 40
2 St Kilda L 65 - 76 8 5 13 3 0 0 1 2 0 4 52
3 Melbourne W 112 - 130 17 4 21 10 0 2 1 2 2 0 108
4 Brisbane Lions W 112 - 65 4 10 14 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 45
5 North Melbourne W 58 - 116 12 6 18 3 0 3 0 4 4 1 101
6 Collingwood L 69 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Geelong Cats L 86 - 54 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Sydney Swans L 77 - 72 7 4 11 3 0 1 0 2 4 0 71
9 Fremantle W 60 - 53 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Richmond L 73 - 50 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Carlton W 74 - 33 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Hawthorn W 96 - 77 10 4 14 3 0 1 1 3 2 1 70
14 West Coast Eagles L 106 - 71 3 3 6 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 28
15 GWS Giants W 77 - 71 3 5 8 3 0 1 2 3 1 0 41
16 Sydney Swans W 76 - 66 3 8 11 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 40
17 North Melbourne W 86 - 81 3 2 5 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 32
18 Adelaide Crows W 75 - 96 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Gold Coast Suns W 96 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Port Adelaide L 67 - 126 7 4 11 3 0 1 0 1 2 0 55
21 Western Bulldogs L 33 - 137 5 3 8 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 28
22 Fremantle W 55 - 87 6 5 11 5 0 1 0 1 1 0 54
23 Collingwood L 76 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
FW1 West Coast Eagles L 116 - 61 7 6 13 3 0 1 0 3 1 2 63
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 11 101 72 173 46 0 13 10 32 20 12 828

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 75
    • Kicks 7.6
    • Handballs 6.3
    • Disposals 13.8
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.2
    • Goals 1.5
    • AFL Fantasy 67.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Melbourne Rd 3, 2019
Handballs 18 Geelong Cats Rd 4, 2016
Disposals 29 Geelong Cats Rd 4, 2016
Marks 10 Melbourne Rd 3, 2019
Hit-outs 1 Port Adelaide Rd 3, 2016
Tackles 9 Brisbane Lions Rd 18, 2016
Goals 5 Fremantle Rd 18, 2018
AFL Fantasy 120 Geelong Cats Rd 4, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 Essendon 101 72 173 46 0 13 10 32 20 12 828
2018 Essendon 109 92 201 54 0 12 15 64 20 16 1032
2017 Essendon 161 114 275 74 0 21 15 53 39 22 1377
2016 Essendon 146 136 282 75 1 15 16 72 29 25 1390
2015 Essendon 41 40 81 16 2 4 3 18 2 0 332
2014 Essendon 9 17 26 8 0 1 3 1 0 2 83

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Awards

Club Awards

2018 Bruce Heymanson Best Clubman Award

2017 Most Improved Player

2016 Bruce Heymanson Best Team Player Award

AFL Awards

Rising Star nominee (2015, 2016)

2017 AFLPA 22under22 team

Milestones

Milestone Games

Milestone Versus Round Venue Result
AFL debut Richmond Rd 20, 2014 MCG L 18
Finals debut Sydney EF, 2017 SCG L 65
50th game Carlton Rd 8, 2018 MCG L 13