Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Cyril's Magic Leaves the Bombers Rueing

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Cyril's Magic Leaves the Bombers Rueing

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IT WAS another of those C[pounds sterling]if onlyC[yen] moments.

Watching mercurial Hawthorn superstar Cyril Rioli weave his magic around the MCG last Friday night would've had Essendon supporters wiping away tears with their red and black scarfs.

C[pounds sterling]Junior BoyC[yen], after all, seemed destined to wear Bombers colours Co just as his uncles Michael Long and Dean Rioli had.

Rioli trained at Windy Hill in the lead-up to the 2007 National Draft and hoped he would be heading there to begin his AFL career. Instead, he was overlooked by the Bombers, who opted for David Myers with their first pick (sixth overall).

Having previously stocked up on key talls such as Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead, Hawthorn was desperate for a crumbing forward, and pounced on Rioli six selections later Co the Hawks couldn't believe their luck.

Myers has played just 44 games over five seasons. Rioli played his 100th match, ironically, against the Bombers last week.

There is a school of thought things may have turned out differently for Essendon, and Rioli, had the Bombers kept Kevin Sheedy on as coach for another term.

But the man who really led the push for indigenous footballers to play a bigger part in the VFL/AFL with his recruiting of Long Co and others such as Derek Kickett in the late '80s Co was told his time was up at the club a few months before the draft.

Also, Essendon had not one but two players fitting the C[pounds sterling]poor man's RioliC[yen] description, in Leroy Jetta and Alwyn Davey.

There was also a big question mark over Cyril's commitment.

A member of footballing royalty in the NT Co with another uncle, Maurice Rioli a legend with Richmond Co Junior Boy, or Cyril the Third, spent the first eight years of his life in the Tiwi Islands and the next six in Darwin before making the daunting move to Melbourne at age 14 when he was awarded a scholarship with Scotch College. …

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