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Key Facts

Full name
Peter David Sartori

Known as
Peter Sartori

24 October 1964 (age 58)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 155d
Last game: 29y 258d

Height and weight
Height: 195 cm
Weight: 90 kg

Senior clubs
Swan Districts; Carlton; Fitzroy

Jumper numbers
Carlton: 18
Fitzroy: 9

Recruited from
Swan Districts (1987); Carlton (1992)

Peter Sartori

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Swan DistrictsWAFL1981-1986821191.45

AFL: 9,774th player to appear, 3,095th most games played, 725th most goals kickedCarlton: 941st player to appear, 320th most games played, 73rd most goals kickedFitzroy: 1,109th player to appear, 434th most games played, 242nd most goals kicked

A supremely talented footballer who was equally effective leading the rucks or acting as a focal point for his team's attacks at centre half forward, Peter Sartori was touted as the most promising youngster in Western Australia during the early part of a career that tantalisingly promised greatness, but was repeatedly undermined, and ultimately wrecked, by injury. 

Swan Districts recruited him from Redcliffe, and he made his league debut in 1981. Tall, agile, and boasting a first rate football brain, he impressed from the start, but midway through his second season, in a sign of things to come, he suffered a serious kidney injury while playing in an exhibition match at Esperance, and was unable to resume until 1983. That meant he missed the 1982 finals series, from which Swans emerged with their first flag in two decades. In 1983 and 1984 he made amends by helping his club to further premiership triumphs, with his dominant performances during the 1983 finals series in particular living long in the memories of those who witnessed them. 

Not surprisingly, Sartori's displays garnered some appreciative attention from clubs in Melbourne, and after a 1986 season that had seen him climax his 82-game, 119-goal Swans career with a club fairest and best award, he crossed to Carlton. Alas, his misfortune with injury was far from over, and in five seasons with the Blues followed by three at Fitzroy he managed just 77 senior games. Peter Sartori's top level career also included a couple of state games for Western Australia.

Author - John Devaney


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