Cyril (Rioli): Celebrating a Hawthorn Champion

Author(s): Geoff Slattery (Editor)

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On 4 July, 2018, a sporting era seemed to pass as Hawthorn champion Cyril Rioli announced his retirement from AFL football, two weeks shy of his 29th birthday. Once the shock had subsided, the football world paused and applauded a one-of-a-kind player whose brilliance transcended club allegiances and old rivalries. Paying tribute to his star pupil, Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson summed it up best: His ability to influence a contest with a minimal amount of disposals is like no player I have ever seen and thats why the whole footy world loves watching him play. A pure footballer whose speed and skill delighted even hardened cynics, Cyril was one of the most decorated stars of League football, winning four Premierships and three All-Australian guernseys in 189 games as a key contributor to Hawthorns golden run under Clarkson. In 2015 Cyril followed in the footsteps of his uncles Maurice Rioli and Michael Long, claiming the Norm Smith Medal with a scintillating display as the Hawks secured that remarkable hat-trick of Premierships. On Grand Final day, no player struck fear into opposition hearts as did Cyril Rioli. From Cyrils first thrilling days as a fresh-faced rookie in Hawthorns 2008 Premiership season, AFL Media photographer Michael Willson has been right on the spot, documenting the unpredictable genius of a football superstar in the compelling images in CYRIL: Celebrating a Hawthorn Champion. Emerging from Willsons stunning photographs is a unique and intimate portrait of a football starnot just showcasing the spectacular marks, freakish goals and thrilling tackles, but taking fans inside Hawthorns inner sanctum and letting us see the private Cyril. A must for Hawthorn fans and lovers of the Australian game, CYRIL is a beautiful keepsake in honour of an irreplaceable player. On 4 July, 2018, a sporting era seemed to pass as Hawthorn champion Cyril Rioli announced his retirement from AFL football, two weeks shy of his 29th birthday. Once the shock had subsided, the football world paused and applauded a one-of-a-kind player whose brilliance transcended club allegiances and old rivalries.

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General Fields

  • : 9781921778926
  • : Slattery Media
  • : The Slattery Media Group
  • : September 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Geoff Slattery (Editor)
  • : Paperback