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Montagna and Gilbert ready for Ireland

St Kilda players Leigh Montagna and Sam Gilbert are preparing to play in the International Rules Series in Ireland at the end of this month.

11:59am  Oct 13, 2010

Saints after redemption: Montagna

St Kilda midfielder Leigh Montagna says many Saints who underperformed in Saturday's grand final are lucky they don't have to wait for redemption

6:22pm  Sep 28, 2010

Riewoldt likely to face Dees

Leigh Montagna says he expects St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt to be fit and available for the club's final home and away game against Melbourne

4:22pm  Aug 26, 2009

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Leigh
Montagna

Height
178 cm
DOB
02-11-1983
Weight
78 kg
Debut
2002
Games
2015
11
Career
243
Goals
2015
5
Career
143
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1221
Avg
111
LeighMontagna

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs:-
Clubs:-
Debut: Round 6, 2002 v Collingwood
Recruited From: Balwyn/Northern U18
Brownlow Votes: 46

 

Season by season

A polished and highly efficient midfielder and wingman, St Kilda selected Montagna with pick No.37 in the 2001 AFL National Draft.

The 30-year-old followed his superb 2012 season in which he was runner-up to Lenny Hayes in the Trevor Barker award with another consistent campaign in 2013. While his first best and fairest again proved elusive, Montagna’s third placing recognised his substantial contribution to the team, especially late in the year.

He collected 32 or more touches in six of his last seven games to finish with a season average of 29.6 disposals per outing.

Together with Jack Steven, Montagna lifted his game to another level and was a central figure in the Saints engine room for the entirety of the year.

Not to be underrated as a forward, Montagna kicked 16 goals and remains an integral part of St Kilda’s setup.

A classy, hard-running midfielder, Montagna was selected pick 37 in the 2001 AFL National Draft.

A two-time All-Australian and second to Lenny Hayes in the 2012 Trevor Barker medal, Montagna’s defensive skills really improved last season.

While his ball-winning ability coupled with finishing skills have always been a hallmark of his play, he took on a number of testing run-with roles in the back half of the 2012 season.

A great team player and consistent performer for almost a decade now, Montagna invariably finds the footy regardless of whether he is in the midfield, up forward or down back. He is likely to spend time in all three of these roles in 2013.

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Leigh Montagna was drafted from the Northern Knights with selection 37 in the 2001 AFL National Draft and made his debut in 2002 against Collingwood in Round 6.

The hard-running wingman is a two time All-Australian and was an International Rules representative in 2008 and 2010. He also finished 2nd in the Club’s Best and Fairest in 2010, and finished 3rd twice in 2007 and 2009.

Best known for his kicking ability and teamwork, Leigh received an AFL Rising Star nomination in 2003.

Leigh is one of the premier running midfielders in the competition.

His work rate is outstanding and his first-class finishing skills make him a real threat to all opposition clubs.

During 2011, the 29-year-old was a prolific ball winner, he had a season-high with 38 disposals against Melbourne in round 9, finishing a close second in total kicks for the Club.

Earlier this year, Leigh was appointed as a Multicultural Ambassador for the AFL and plans to work creatively with players in the League to help tell their story.

Season by season

An experienced midfielder and wingman, Montagna was selected with pick 37 in the 2001 National Draft.

The prolific ball-winner amassed more disposals than any other Saint in 2013, continuing the form which saw him finish third in the 2013 Trevor Barker Award.

Along with Nick Riewoldt, Montagna is an integral leader at the football club and is driven to propel the Saints back up the ladder in 2015.

2014 coaches’ perspective – Adam Kingsley (midfield coach)
Leigh had a reasonably good year. He found a lot of the ball and gave us plenty of drive.
Off the field, he showed great leadership around the footy club, working closely with Jack Billings in a mentoring capacity that fast-tracked his development as we saw.
Joey has become a really important guy at our footy club and we rely on him to lead the way which he does terrifically well.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 11
    • Kicks 16.8
    • Handballs 11.5
    • Disposals 28.3
    • Marks 4.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 5.5
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 111.0

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Western Bulldogs Rd 13
Handballs 17 Western Bulldogs Rd 6
Disposals 35 Western Bulldogs Rd 13
Marks 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 9
Hit-outs 1 Port Adelaide Rd 18
Tackles 10 Melbourne Rd 11
Goals 2 Port Adelaide Rd 18
AFL Fantasy 140 Melbourne Rd 11

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants L 78 - 87 16 8 24 0 1 1 0 9 0 0 102
2 Gold Coast Suns W 76 - 104 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Collingwood L 140 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Carlton L 81 - 121 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Essendon L 80 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Western Bulldogs W 87 - 94 10 17 27 4 0 1 1 2 0 0 82
7 Adelaide Crows L 119 - 73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 West Coast Eagles L 78 - 131 20 13 33 6 0 1 0 4 0 2 123
9 Brisbane Lions W 86 - 108 18 10 28 7 0 1 1 5 0 1 114
10 Hawthorn L 69 - 132 12 16 28 5 0 1 2 7 1 0 112
11 Melbourne W 85 - 83 21 7 28 5 0 1 0 10 1 1 140
13 Western Bulldogs L 56 - 62 24 11 35 5 0 1 2 3 0 1 117
14 Essendon W 52 - 162 16 15 31 6 0 0 0 3 2 0 120
15 GWS Giants L 84 - 49 18 10 28 6 0 2 0 7 0 2 124
16 Richmond L 73 - 89 16 11 27 4 0 1 1 3 1 0 98
17 Melbourne W 46 - 83 14 8 22 3 0 0 2 7 0 0 89
18 Port Adelaide L 105 - 43 11 10 21 3 1 2 4 3 2 1 78
19 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
20 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 11 185 126 311 51 1 10 9 60 5 7 1221

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 243
    • Kicks 14.8
    • Handballs 8.6
    • Disposals 23.4
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.1
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 93.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 34 Fremantle Rd 23, 2013
Handballs 20 Melbourne Rd 14, 2010
Disposals 47 Fremantle Rd 23, 2013
Marks 12 Fremantle Rd 23, 2013
Hit-outs 1 Port Adelaide Rd 18, 2015
Tackles 13 Melbourne Rd 10, 2009
Goals 5 Adelaide Crows Rd 10, 2010
AFL Fantasy 189 Fremantle Rd 23, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 St Kilda 185 126 311 51 1 10 9 60 5 7 1221
2014 St Kilda 310 160 470 79 1 15 17 80 9 5 1831
2013 St Kilda 395 226 621 101 1 20 15 82 16 8 2348
2012 St Kilda 324 194 518 100 0 16 17 104 13 8 2127
2011 St Kilda 335 171 506 88 0 22 24 94 13 10 2025
2010 St Kilda 429 316 745 111 0 27 28 126 18 17 2824
2009 St Kilda 399 271 670 123 0 27 30 150 8 19 2712
2008 St Kilda 388 179 567 118 0 32 31 82 12 11 2226
2007 St Kilda 339 163 502 108 0 20 16 75 10 12 2011
2006 St Kilda 270 151 421 106 0 8 23 81 12 14 1779
2005 St Kilda 78 43 121 35 0 6 5 19 6 3 531
2004 St Kilda 58 43 101 28 0 4 6 25 9 2 486
2003 St Kilda 73 52 125 30 0 4 6 18 12 3 546
2002 St Kilda 3 1 4 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 28

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

National Draft from Northern Knights: Pick #37, 2001 

AFL St Kilda: 191 games, 113 goals

Awards

AFL Awards

International Rules Series
2008

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee
2003

Pre-season premiership sides
2004, 2008

Club Awards

2nd Best and Fairest
2007, 2012

3rd Best and Fairest
2007

Facts

  • Was draft pick #37, went to Marcellin College and played for Northern Knights – exactly the same story for Jack Newnes.
  • Nickname is ‘Joey’ after the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana
  • Favourite meal before a game is chicken pasta