Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Peter Pianto

Known as
Peter Pianto

25 November 1929

18 February 2008 (aged 78)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 189d
Last game: 27y 272d

Height and weight
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 70 kg

Senior clubs
Geelong; Claremont

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 6

Peter Pianto

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Total1951-1957, 1961-19631641801.10

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,122nd player to appear, 1,840th most games played, 676th most goals kickedGeelong: 550th player to appear, 122nd most games played, 55th most goals kicked

One of the finest rovers of the 1950s, Peter Pianto stepped straight into Geelong's senior side from Bendigo League team Eaglehawk. Combining with Neil Trezise he gave the Cats the greatest roving combination in the league. Pacy, slick, clever and courageous, he was a four quarter player who used the ball impeccably. His 121 VFL games between 1951 and 1957 included the winning Grand Finals of 1951 and 1952, and he represented the VFL in the interstate arena nine times, winning All Australian selection after the 1956 Perth carnival.

Geelong's best and fairest player in 1953, he spent the period from 1958 to 1960 as captain coach of Polwarth Football League side Coragulac. In 1961 he returned to league football as captain-coach of Claremont where, in three seasons at the helm, he oversaw sixth, seventh and eighth place finishes and added 43 senior games to his tally. From 1966 to 1970 he returned to Geelong as non-playing coach; he got his side into the finals in all bar his last season, but the 1967 losing Grand Final against Richmond was the closest he came to masterminding a premiership.

Author - John Devaney


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