Maurice Rioli LEGEND (1973-95)

Born on Melville Island but now a legend in Tigerland, Maurice Rioli had a short stint with St Mary’s before being snapped up by WAFL club South Fremantle where he played 168 games, scoring 133 goals and twice winning the Simpson medal in 1980 and 1981. The Richmond Tigers recruited the talented Tiwi where he played six seasons resulting in 118 games and 80 goals. Rioli won the club’s Best and Fairest in 1982 and 1983 and was awarded the Norm Smith medal for his performance in the 1982 grand final. A runner up in the 1983 Brownlow, All Australian in 1983, 1986 and 1988, Rioli also received the best player award in the 1984 International Rules Series against Ireland. He represented the NT 8 times captaining the team 5 times and in 1990 he returned to captain Waratah Football Club, coaching the team two years later. Named in the AFL Indigenous Team of the Century, a richly deserved reward for a man who achieved so much in the football world. We are privileged to induct into the AFLNT Hall of Fame one of the greatest players ever to emerge from the NT, a true legend – Maurice Rioli.