Tony Polinelli

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Tony Polinelli
Personal information
Date of birth(1943-02-18)18 February 1943
Original team(s) Maryborough
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Playing career1
YearsClubGames (Goals)
1961–1971 Geelong 138 (63)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1971.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Anthony 'Tony' Polinelli (born 18 February 1943) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL) during the early 1960s.

Geelong Football Club Australian rules football club

The Geelong Football Club, nicknamed the Cats, are a professional Australian rules football club based in the city of Geelong, Australia. The club competes in the Australian Football League (AFL), the highest level of Australian rules football in Australia. The Cats have been the VFL/AFL premiers nine times, with three in the AFL era. The Cats have also won nine McClelland Trophies, a record shared with Essendon.

Australian Football League Australian rules football competition

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Polinelli started his career as a rover but developed into a dashing wingman. The club encouraged him to train with Arthur Edgerton, a specialist sprint coach based in Geelong. Under Edgerton's guidance Polinelli won the 1966 Bendigo Gift before finishing 2nd to Bill Howard in the 1966 Stawell Gift.

The Stawell Gift is Australia's oldest and richest short distance running race. It is run over every Easter weekend by the Stawell Athletic Club, with the main race finals on the holiday Monday, at Central Park, Stawell in the Grampian Mountains district of western Victoria.

He was a reserve in Geelong's 1963 premiership side and only appeared on the field briefly during the last quarter. It is said that he had a pipe which he would smoke during the half time of matches. [1] He was shortlisted for the VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century but didn't make the final cut.

The 1963 VFL Grand Final was an Australian rules football game contested between the Geelong Football Club and Hawthorn Football Club, held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 5 October 1963. It was the 67th annual Grand Final of the Victorian Football League, staged to determine the premiers for the 1963 VFL season. The match, attended by 101,209 spectators, was won by Geelong by a margin of 49 points, marking that club's sixth premiership victory and first since winning the 1952 VFL Grand Final.

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References

  1. "Tony Polinelli - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 14 August 2015.