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Player Information

Full name
William Valli

Known as
Bill Valli

Born
16 April 1950

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 28y 356d
Last game: 30y 136d

Height and weight
Height: 171 cm
Weight: 71 kg

Senior clubs
Collingwood, Essendon

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 2
Essendon: 15

Recruited from
Collingwood (1980)

Bill Valli

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
CollingwoodAFL197917171.0059%13.595.351.474
EssendonAFL1980100.00100%18.006.003.00
Total1979-198018170.9461%13.835.391.564

AFL: 9,055th player to appear, 6,257th most games played, 3,658th most goals kickedCollingwood: 790th player to appear, 564th most games played, 320th most goals kickedEssendon: 882nd player to appear, 1,107th most games played, 1,084th most goals kicked


Player Biography

Boasting a powerful physique and plenty of courage, Bill Valli was a strong, ball-winning rover who gave West Perth fine service in 148 WANFL games between 1969 and 1978. Together with ruckmen Graham Farmer and Bill Dempsey he gave the Cardinals arguably the strongest first ruck combination in West Australian football for several years. A club fairest and best winner in 1974, 1977 and 1978, Valli represented Western Australia in the interstate arena half a dozen times, with his intense style of play being regarded as particularly appropriate for matches against the Victorians. In 1979, aged twenty-nine, he embarked on the second phase of his career in the VFL, playing 17 games for Collingwood that year, and 1 with Essendon the next. He returned to Western Australia in 1981 and spent the final two seasons of his league career with Subiaco, where he added another 37 WAFL games.
Bill Valli still enjoys a high reputation at West Perth, and in October 2000 he was selected in the forward pocket in the club?? official ??eam of the Twentieth Century??

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy's WA Football Companion