One of football’s most famous families has produced another gem.
Exciting teenager Brayden Rioli, the younger brother of Richmond premiership star Daniel, is making a name for himself in the Northern Territory.
In just his second senior NTFL outing, the 16-year-old booted three goals to help St Mary’s to a 23-point win over Waratah at Gardens Oval on Saturday.
He was awarded the round five NT News Rising Star nomination for his efforts.
“He played forward for most of the game, though he spent a little bit of time in the back pocket when one of our boys was getting a bit of treatment,’’ Saints coach and ex-Hawthorn/Port Adelaide ruckman Brent Renouf told NT News.
“He was pretty important for us up forward where he kicked three goals despite having a bit of a crook leg towards the end of the game, even then he still managed to kick a goal in that time.”
Brayden, a spring-heeled forward with pace to burn, threatening to take the mark of the year two games in a row when he rode on the shoulders of his opponent.
The Northern Territory under-16s representative and a member of the NT Thunder Academy, already has four relatives – Daniel Rioli (Richmond), Willie Rioli (West Coast), Jake Long (Essendon) and Ben Long (St Kilda) currently on AFL lists.
He is one of two Riolis in the mix to get drafted in the coming years, with Maurice Rioli Jnr – the son of late South Fremantle and Richmond champion Maurice -attracting early attention.
Rioli Jnr, who now boards at Scotch College in Melbourne, got a rising star nomination last season playing for St Mary’s.
His late father played 118 games for Richmond and 168 for WAFL club South Fremantle, meaning both Fremantle (150-plus games for eligible WAFL clubs) and the Tigers (100-plus VFL games) can snap him up under the father-son rule in his draft year in 2020.