Even by the standards of the storied history of the Rioli family this is quite the tale.
Maurice Rioli jnr was recently required to attend his own pre-draft testing – sort of like his own AFL draft combine – to be put through a range of athletics tests by AFL NT talent manager Simon Hargrave.
Beware the plover … as Maurice Rioli jnr discovered.
“Due to his knee soreness and Maurice returning to the Tiwi Islands he has not completed the 2km time trial aspect of the combine testing. I can advise though his first 400m split for the time trial though was 66 seconds.”
Sydney's veteran recruiter Kinnear Beatson drily sympathised in a reply-all response.
“Thanks for the update, in all my time being involved in AFL recruiting (over 30 years) you wouldn’t believe how often this actually occurs. I can recall a time when a young player was actually plucked off the track by a wedge-tailed eagle and he too obviously wasn’t able to complete the run.
“I guess when your luck is out – it’s out.
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