Willie Rioli Toll Tiwi Bombers coach 2014/15

Rioli to Coach Tiwi Bombers in 2014/15     

 

Toll Tiwi Bomber President Mick Burns today announced that 1989 Nichols Medallist and former Hawthorn listed player Willie Rioli will be the island club’s 2014/15 NTFL TIO Premier League Coach.

200 game NTFL premiership player Willie Rioli Snr whose record also includes premierships as a player and coach with Tiwi Island power club Imalu will lead the club in its 8th season.

Burns said that Rioli has earned enormous respect within the Tiwi and NT Football community for his attitude both for his sporting prowess and in his business roles.

He has a long history of success in both fields which the Toll Tiwi Bombers Board are confident will amongst many qualities he will bring to what is accepted as the toughest coaching role in the NT with players drawn from 5 island communities, Darwin and interstate.

The youngest member of the champion 1988 NT Bicentennial team Rioli moved to Perth in 1989.

Drafted by Hawthorn in 1990 from St Marys via South Fremantle and playing under then Coach Alan Joyce he was at the club for their 1991 AFL Premiership which featured AFL legends John Platten, Gary Ayres, Dermot Brereton, Jason Dunstall and Robert Diperdominico.

The new Toll Tiwi Bombers Coach has a son Willie Jnr starring with the Northern Territory Thunder at present along with nephews Shannon and Benny. He is an uncle of current Hawthorn star Cyril.

President Mick Burns also announced former AFL Geelong and Adelaide forward Ronnie Burns and former AFL Swan and NTFL Player Life Member Brian Stanislaus as Assistant Coaches.

Burns said his namesake, Ronnie, has also coached successfully in Melbourne suburban leagues in addition to assistant roles at several NTFL clubs. He is relocating from Melbourne in September.

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