Peter Burgoyne LEGEND (2012)

A former St Mary’s midfielder and now a Port  Adelaide great, Peter Burgoyne’s silken skills took him to the very top of his profession and in all he played 240 games at the highest level.

The older brother of Port and Hawthorn star Shaun and also blessed with pin point disposal skills and an uncanny ability to weave through the heaviest of traffic, Peter Burgoyne played junior football with Mallee Park in Port Lincoln.

Residing in the NT for much of his childhood Peter was a Northern Territory  Schoolboys Representative in 1994, a Teal Cup representative and team captain  in 1995 and in 1996 he was named a Teal Cup All Australian.

He was drafted by Port Adelaide in 1996 and quickly became a key member of the up and coming Port Adelaide team, playing in the club’s inaugural AFL match against Collingwood at the MCG in 1997.

He played a starring role in Port Adelaide’s 2004 Premiership team amassing 25 possessions in his side’s demolition of the favourites, Brisbane and also played in the 2007 Grand Final against Geelong.

Peter Burgoyne had a keen eye for goals scoring 193 goals in his 240 games.

In 1999 he represented Australia against Ireland in the International Rules series and in 2005 he was named on the interchange in the Indigenous Team of the Century, a huge honour and one that was well deserved.

After 11 solid years in the mid field Burgoyne made a highly successful transition to the halfback flank, and finished third in the club's Best and Fairest count. His finals series that year was also acknowledged with the Power's 'Best Finals Player' award.

Peter Burgoyne finished his playing career in much the same way as he started, with another classy performance for Port against North Melbourne in the final round of 2009. 

Darwin football fans were treated to a last fleeting glance of Burgoyne’s exceptional skills when he pulled on the green of gold of Saint Mary’s and picked up several vital possessions across half forward in the Saints Grand Final win against the Bombers.

An exceptional talent who embodied all that Port Adelaide and its storied history stands for, we welcome the gifted, skilful and truly dynamic Port Adelaide great, Peter Burgoyne, into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.