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Key Facts

Full name
Daniel Giansiracusa

Known as
Daniel Giansiracusa

Born
11 March 1982 (age 40)

Place of birth
Melbourne, VIC (3000)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 90d
Last game: 32y 173d

Height and weight
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 183 kg

Senior clubs
Werribee; Western Bulldogs; Australia; Footscray

Jumper numbers
Western Bulldogs: 13

Recruited from
Western Jets (2000)

State of origin
VIC

Daniel Giansiracusa

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
WerribeeVFL2000-2001, 200312151.25
Western BulldogsAFL2001-20142653311.2544%11.026.585.0934
AustraliaIR2005200.00
FootscrayVFL2014331.00
BeaconsfieldSEFNL20163113.67
VFL2000-2001, 2003, 201415181.20
AFL2001-20142653311.2544%11.026.585.0934
IR2005200.00
SEFNL20163113.67
Total2000-2014, 20162853601.26

AFL: 11,145th player to appear, 191st most games played, 153rd most goals kickedWestern Bulldogs: 891st player to appear, 11th most games played, 9th most goals kicked

A local boy who grew up in Altona, Daniel Giansiracusa played junior football at Williamstown and under 18s with the Western Jets before being drafted by the Western Bulldogs with pick 32 in the 1999 AFL National Draft. The Bulldogs also selected Bob Murphy, Lindsay Gilbee and Mitch Hahn in that draft, and the four of them formed part the nucleus of the team for the better part of the next decade.

After spending 2000 with the team's VFL affiliate Werribee, "Gia" made his debut for the Bulldogs in round 11, 2001, kicking two goals as the red, white and blue comfortably accounted for Adelaide at Football Park. The next week he again found himself in hostile territory, with a late goal against Geelong at Kardinia Park proving pivotal as the Dogs came from more than 40 points down to record a thrilling seven-point win. Giansiracusa's poise in the heat of the battle drew praise from coach Terry Wallace and he became permanent member of the side from that moment.

Blessed with movie star good looks, Giansiracusa attracted attention from the very beginning but he soon turned eyes for more important reasons - at least as far as football is concerned - with his silky skills and excellent finishing when kicking for goal. He played all remaining games in 2001, finishing with 10 goals as he alternated between the midfield and the forward line, and in the process earned a nomination for the 2001 Rising Star award.

He was to do that with great effect over the next 14 seasons, always seeming to bob up and kick a goal just when the Dogs needed one. Perhaps surprisingly, as the years passed he became more of a permanent forward and spent less time in the midfield. Whether this was because he did not have the 'tank' to spend a full match in the hurly-burly of the middle of the ground or because he was simply of more value in front of goal is debatable but in any case, Giansiracusa proved to be a vital cog in an undersized forward line that was a part of regular finals team between 2006 and 2010. He was particularly damaging in the 2010 and 2011 campaigns, kicking 35 and 45 goals, respectively, although the latter year saw the Dogs slipping out of finals contention.

As the Bulldogs turned over their playing list between 2012 and 2014 to focus on rebuilding, Giansiracusa stayed on to become an elder statesman, providing his younger fellow forwards with guidance and direction while still kicking his fair share of goals, many following marks taken courtesy of pinpoint passes from his old mate Bob Murphy.

Giansiracusa took on a part-time coaching role in 2014, becoming a 'sub specialist' in his final season, capping off a fine 265-game career with some brilliant cameos. After his retirement he was made a permanent member of the club's coaching staff. 

Author - Andrew Gigacz


Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.