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9:06pm  Apr 12, 2014

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Michael
Firrito

Height
189 cm
DOB
27-11-1983
Weight
93 kg
Debut
2003
Games
2014
11
Career
221
Goals
2014
0
Career
28
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
687
Avg
62
MichaelFirrito

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Gembrook
Recruited from: Box Hill Hawks
Draft: #10, 2002 Rookie
Debut: Round 12, 2003 v Essendon
Brownlow votes: 6

2014 Player Sponsors

- Spirito Constructions P/L
- Charles Bongiovanni - AlexKarBon Real Estate

Background

Originally recruited from Box Hill in the VFL, Michael Firrito is a mainstay in the North Melbourne backline.

Now past 200 games as a Roo, Firrito can play on opposing forwards both small and tall, making him a versatile defender.

2013

Mid-season, from Shane Watson

“He generally has been playing as the third defender, but now with Lachie (Hansen) coming into the side he’s been playing on a mix of the resting ruckmen and small forwards. Generally he seems to have more effect playing on the talls.

“Spud doesn’t have to play undersized anymore. He’s been reasonably consistent. When he is playing on the talls it’s about his positioning and not bodying them up. He has to get a clean run at the footy to spoil.

End of season review

Niggling knee and quad injuries caught up with Firrito, who had to sit out to heal. On his return to the field, he had to earn his spot back through the VFL at Werribee.

With Scott Thompson and Nathan Grima out for the last fortnight of the season, Firrito returned to face Lance Franklin and Travis Cloke, no small feat. His performances were encouraging.

Season by Season

Season by Season

After the retirement of Brady Rawlings, Firrito became the defensive general with the most experience in the back six.

His slightly quieter 2011 was replaced by an impressive bounce-back year. Right from the start, he showed he was set for a quality year nullifying Michael Hurley in the season opener against Essendon.

He showcased his versatility on numerous occasions throughout the season. From week to week he would be matched up on opponents much smaller or much taller.

2011

Firrito's form dipped slightly in 2011. In a measure of how consistent he had been in previous years, 2011 was just the second time in the past seven years he had finished outside the top 10 in the Syd Barker Medal.

However he still finished fourth at the club for rebound 50's, fifth for one-percenters and ninth for inside 50's. It showed that Firrito can still find a way to contribute even if certain areas of his game weren't performing as well as he would have liked.

 

2010

Firrito had a career high year for disposals and provided much needed stability down back in Brad Scott's first year. With the backline working around Firrito and his drive from the defensive 50, there was plenty of rebound provided.

He polled his only two Brownlow votes in 2010 courtesy of two one-vote performances against Melbourne (Round 6) and Carlton (Round 12) respectively. Unsurprisingly the result of those two games was North wins, illustrating Firrito's importance in the back half.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 11
    • Kicks 10.6
    • Handballs 7.1
    • Disposals 17.7
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 1.5
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 62.5

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Melbourne Rd 14
Handballs 12 Hawthorn Rd 16
Disposals 24 Melbourne Rd 14
Marks 8 West Coast Eagles Rd 11
Hit-outs 1 Fremantle Rd 6
Tackles 3 Richmond Rd 12
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 93 Collingwood Rd 5

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon L 60 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Western Bulldogs W 54 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Port Adelaide W 97 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Sydney Swans W 48 - 91 11 9 20 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 62
5 Collingwood L 93 - 58 14 9 23 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 93
6 Fremantle W 61 - 74 12 3 15 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 53
7 Gold Coast Suns L 77 - 120 6 8 14 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 38
9 Brisbane Lions W 125 - 38 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Geelong Cats L 111 - 91 10 8 18 3 0 3 0 1 0 0 62
11 West Coast Eagles W 44 - 82 9 10 19 8 0 0 2 2 0 0 73
12 Richmond W 116 - 88 10 1 11 1 0 2 1 3 0 0 46
13 Adelaide Crows L 109 - 73 14 6 20 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 72
14 Melbourne W 66 - 107 15 9 24 6 0 0 2 2 0 0 83
15 Brisbane Lions L 70 - 66 8 3 11 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 34
16 Hawthorn W 108 - 88 8 12 20 6 0 0 1 2 0 0 71
17 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 9 - L: 6 117 78 195 44 1 7 8 16 0 0 687

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 221
    • Kicks 7.8
    • Handballs 7.3
    • Disposals 15.1
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 2.4
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 58.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Melbourne Rd 14, 2014
Handballs 25 GWS Giants Rd 2, 2012
Disposals 33 GWS Giants Rd 2, 2012
Marks 10 Brisbane Lions Rd 18, 2007
Hit-outs 7 Western Bulldogs Rd 8, 2005
Tackles 11 Carlton Rd 22, 2005
Goals 2 Sydney Swans Rd 14, 2009
AFL Fantasy 108 St Kilda Rd 11, 2009

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 North Melbourne 117 78 195 44 1 7 8 16 0 0 687
2013 North Melbourne 162 90 252 83 0 21 18 28 0 0 994
2012 North Melbourne 190 222 412 98 0 15 23 37 1 1 1409
2011 North Melbourne 180 163 343 68 2 17 23 57 2 1 1261
2010 North Melbourne 192 232 424 89 0 19 19 54 2 2 1499
2009 North Melbourne 172 197 369 81 11 24 26 101 9 6 1574
2008 North Melbourne 156 179 335 109 4 17 23 40 1 7 1278
2007 North Melbourne 164 168 332 89 2 14 35 39 1 1 1169
2006 North Melbourne 130 107 237 75 6 15 11 44 3 5 1016
2005 North Melbourne 168 105 273 84 30 11 24 74 5 4 1265
2004 North Melbourne 90 61 151 35 17 7 13 33 4 2 640
2003 North Melbourne 6 2 8 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 38

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