Stephen Coniglio

Stephen J. Coniglio (born 15 December 1993) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League (AFL). Drafted with the second pick in the 2011 AFL National Draft. Coniglio made his debut for Greater Western Sydney in the first round of the 2012 season, and was later nominated for the 2012 AFL Rising Star award.

He previously played for Swan Districts in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). In the 2010 WAFL Grand Final, he gathered 17 possessions and kicked four goals to be considered one of the best on the ground. Only Geoff Hendriks has won a WAFL premiership at a younger age. Coniglio won the 2011 WAFL Rising Star Award, with a prize of $2000.

At the age of 16, Coniglio represented Western Australia at the 2010 National Under 18 Championships. Stephen represented Western Australia at the 2010 and 2011 National Under 18 Championships.

2011 saw Stephen captain WA and win the Larke Medal as the best player in the competition. As well as being named Western Australia's most valuable player, and was selected on a wing in the Under 18 All-Australian team.

Early life and junior career

Born in Greenmount, Western Australia, Coniglio's father has Italian heritage and his mother has English heritage. Coniglio attended La Salle College, a co-educational Catholic high school in Middle Swan. In his final year, he served as the school's head boy.

Growing up, Coniglio excelled at both cricket and football. He played grade cricket for Midland-Guildford in the WACA district cricket competition. In five First Grade matches he made 111 runs at an average of 22.20 and took five wickets at an average of 42.00, including 3/35 on his debut.

Coniglio played both under-15 and under-17 cricket for Western Australia. He made 106 not out in the final of the 2009 National Under-15 Championships, the highest score by a Western Australian ever recorded at the tournament. In the 2010--11 Australian Under-17 Championships, he made 146 runs at an average 24.33, with a best of 78 not out against Victoria.

Coniglio also played junior football for Upper Swan Junior Football Club, falling into Swan Districts' WAFL recruitment zone. He made his senior debut for Swan Districts against Perth in round 22, 2010, at Steel Blue Oval, gathering 26 possessions and kicking two goals.

Senior career

In September 2011, Coniglio confirmed he would nominate for the 2011 National Draft, ending speculation about which sport he would choose to play professionally. Considered likely to be selected by Greater Western Sydney with one of the first five picks in the draft. Coniglio was selected by Greater Western Sydney with pick two in the draft.

He made his senior debut for the club in round one of the 2012 season, recording 17 disposals in a 63-point loss to Sydney. In round seven, after a 31-possession game in Greater Western Sydney's inaugural win over Gold Coast, Coniglio was nominated for the 2012 AFL Rising Star. Midway through the season, he injured his thumb, and missed four games after undergoing surgery. In total, he played 12 games for Greater Western Sydney in his debut season, spending parts of the latter half of the season with the club's reserves team in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL).

2019 - Stephen Coniglio (Greater Western Sydney)

Games: 16
Total: 1290
Average: 80.62
On Ball796.43
Half Forward Flank281.00
Forward Pocket285.50

2018 - Stephen Coniglio (Greater Western Sydney)

Games: 21
Total: 1816
Average: 86.48
On Ball1085.30
Forward Pocket287.50
Half Forward Flank162.00

2017 - Stephen Coniglio (Greater Western Sydney)

Games: 7
Total: 511
Average: 73.00
On Ball369.33
Forward Pocket181.00

2016 - Stephen Coniglio (Greater Western Sydney)

Games: 22
Total: 1781
Average: 80.95
On Ball1184.82
Forward Pocket267.00
Half Forward Flank158.00

2015 - Stephen Coniglio (Greater Western Sydney)

Games: 18
Total: 1287
Average: 71.50
On Ball864.88

2014 - Stephen Coniglio (Greater Western Sydney)

Games: 15
Total: 1005
Average: 67.00
On Ball766.71

2013 - Stephen Coniglio (Greater Western Sydney)

Games: 19
Total: 1130
Average: 59.47
Half Forward Flank662.50
On Ball376.67

2012 - Stephen Coniglio (Greater Western Sydney)

Games: 13
Total: 831
Average: 63.92
Half Forward Flank651.40
On Ball353.50