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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
2014
20
Career
232
Goals
2014
9
Career
138
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1831
Avg
92
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

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.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 20
    • Kicks 15.5
    • Handballs 8.0
    • Disposals 23.5
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.0
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 91.5

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Hawthorn Rd 7
Handballs 16 Brisbane Lions Rd 6
Disposals 39 Hawthorn Rd 7
Marks 8 Brisbane Lions Rd 6
Hit-outs 1 Fremantle Rd 18
Tackles 9 Port Adelaide Rd 12
Goals 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 6
AFL Fantasy 158 Brisbane Lions Rd 6

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Melbourne W 68 - 51 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 GWS Giants W 95 - 88 19 6 25 7 0 1 1 4 1 0 110
3 West Coast Eagles L 83 - 58 21 6 27 2 0 1 2 4 2 0 104
4 Adelaide Crows L 50 - 136 11 6 17 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 65
5 Essendon W 65 - 81 23 8 31 6 0 1 1 7 1 0 135
6 Brisbane Lions L 79 - 82 21 16 37 8 0 3 0 6 2 0 158
7 Hawthorn L 175 - 30 24 15 39 5 0 0 0 7 1 0 151
8 Carlton L 69 - 101 17 4 21 3 0 1 1 6 0 1 91
9 Gold Coast Suns L 87 - 125 11 2 13 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 53
11 Collingwood L 54 - 140 14 13 27 7 0 0 0 3 0 1 102
12 Port Adelaide L 129 - 59 7 7 14 0 0 0 2 9 0 1 66
13 Geelong Cats L 133 - 37 8 9 17 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 64
14 West Coast Eagles L 70 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Richmond L 73 - 117 20 7 27 4 0 5 0 5 0 0 111
16 Carlton L 151 - 66 6 7 13 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 30
17 North Melbourne L 92 - 33 16 9 25 2 0 0 1 3 0 1 82
18 Fremantle W 118 - 60 18 9 27 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 91
19 Gold Coast Suns L 117 - 64 11 5 16 4 0 0 1 1 0 1 57
20 Western Bulldogs L 99 - 122 16 8 24 5 0 2 2 4 0 0 91
21 Sydney Swans L 127 - 56 19 7 26 7 0 0 1 3 0 0 101
22 Richmond L 98 - 72 14 7 21 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 80
23 Adelaide Crows L 141 - 62 14 9 23 3 0 0 2 5 1 0 89
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 18 310 160 470 79 1 15 17 80 9 5 1831

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 232
    • Kicks 14.5
    • Handballs 8.5
    • Disposals 23.0
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.0
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 92.1

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 Fremantle Rd 18, 2014
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
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