Michael FIRRITO

#11  

Age: 35yr 9mth Games: 276 Born: Nov 27, 2020
Height: 189cm Weight: 93kg Position: DEF

2016 Digest:   Veteran defender signed a one-year deal in the hope he can be part of premiership glory. A bit player (didn’t finish top 10 in best and fairest despite playing 23 games) but adds some muscle and presence to the back half.

2016 NAB Cup:   Old stager negotiated way through umpteenth pre-season and while form nothing special he should be there to tackle Adelaide.

2016 Season

Played for : North Melbourne

1 Adel Struggled with Jenkins’ size at times down back but was strong late in the contest. 6
2 Bris Gave his all and rebound was useful. 4
3 Melb Stood tall at stages in defence to thwart Demon attacks but also caught a few times. 5
4 Frem Followed Taberner but also dropped off to support fellow defenders. Solid. 6
5 GCS Focussed on defensive play without being an attacking force. 3
6 WB Matched up against Bontempelli and others. Did his job. 5
7 StK Had plenty of work on his hands against tall Saint forwards but weathered the storm. 5
8   Rested.  
9 Carl Took Walker to start with and kept him under wraps. Keeps getting job done. 6
10 Syd Steady in defence but ball use horrible. Defensively did his job. 5
11 Rich Low-key night down back and never troubled. 5
12 Geel Veteran had a quiet one down back. Couldn’t get involved in any phase. 4
13 Haw In the vanguard of North’s fiery start and scrapped hard all night with everyone. 4
14 Adel Did the job on Jenkins, restricting to him to one goal. 5
16 WCE Worked hard defensively to assist the other talls. 5
17 Port Horror start when penalised. On Schulz, at least dug in as North was under siege. 6
18 Coll Lined up on Moore. Tackled, pressured and took game up to Magpies. 6
19 StK Overall did a solid job on Membrey in an interesting battle. 5
20 WB In blue with Bontempelli before first bounce. Antagonised Bulldogs. 5
21 Haw Spends a lot of his time wrestling and niggling. Better bet would be to win the ball. 2
22 Syd Respectable on a range of opponents, including the lively Heeney in first half. 5
23 GWS Troubled by Patton’s height all night. A week to forget. 3
EF Adel Battled Jenkins and did pretty well to keep him to two goals in final game. 5

2015 Season

Played for : North Melbourne

1 Adel Struggled in defence with the tidal wave of footy coming in. 3
2 Bris Low-key defensive game. 5
3 Port North’s loose man behind the footy but didn’t impact game like Broadbent did. 4
4 Geel Struggled early opposed to bigger Clark but found his feet after quarter time. 6
5 Haw Had a rough night in defence. 3
6 Rich Quiet first half then got better as the side started to get on top. 5
7 Ess Watson kicked two goals on him early but he fought back well. Steady late. 5
8 Frem Really good job on Taberner. Didn’t let him into the game. 6
9 Coll Controlled back half early but then was swamped by Magpie surge. 5
10 WCE Took Hill and kept him from hitting the scoreboard. Solid effort. 7
11 Syd Battled Franklin at times and certainly not the worst despite modest stats. 5
12 GWS Fine effort on McCarthy. Used experience with reading play. 7
14 GCS Serviceable in defence. 4
15 Geel Geelong’s wayward disposal made him look like David Dench. 7
16 Ess Fairly steady down back and provided run on occasions. 6
17 Bris Kept Staker in check. 6
18 Carl Tracked Casboult at times and drove the ball forward. 5
19   Suspended.  
20 StK Troubled by Hickey early but kept ticking along. 5
21 Frem Played majority of game on Mayne and had his moments 5
22 WB Started on Crameri and was steady. 5
23   Knee.  
EF Rich Gets better with age down back. Did his job in one-on-ones and when loose. 7
SF Syd Dogged job on resting talls and others. 5
PF WCE Part of back six and was resolute under pressure for most of night. 6

2014 Season

Played for : North Melbourne

1 PM Solid yet unspectacular for the Tigers.
2 PM Solid down back with 20 disposals and eight marks.
3 VFL Strong game marshalling the defence.
4 Syd Used on O'Keefe, Jetta and Cunningham, he found plenty of his own ball. 6
5 Coll Worked hard as a rebounding defender and not the worst. 6
6 Frem Battled on after a hit on the hip. Played a solid role. 5
7 GCS Found wanting for speed a few times down back but soldiered on. 4
9   Senior emergency.  
10 Geel Slow start but got going playing loose role at times at half back. 5
11 WCE Rotation of resting talls gave him headaches early, but he came out in top. 5
12 Rich Went to Martin in second half and shut him down in important win for team 6
13 Adel Played loose off Jenkins and created plenty of drive off half back. 6
14 Melb Great game. Kept Dawes under wraps and rebounded steadily all night. 8
15 Bris Won the key battle with Merrett. 6
16 Haw Gave Hale nothing in first half and had strong game. 6
17 StK Did well against Stanley after some early concerns. 6
18 Carl Not prominent in first half and stretched by Carlton tall forwards. 3
19 Geel Beat Kersten then later had no match-up. No rebound. 5
20 GWS Stuck close enough to hard working Tomlinson. Did his job. 6
21 WB Had the task on dangerous Stringer and on top most of the day. 6
22 Adel Picked up touches at will as extra defender. Strong later on Podsiadly. 6
23   Soreness.  
EF Ess Struggled for most of the night down back. Will look to bounce back. 3
SF Geel Caddy gave him headaches with pace but he stuck to task. Crucial spoils. 5
PF Syd Under-sized down back and in the end Goodes got right on top. Kept trying. 5
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2013 Season

Played for : North Melbourne

1 Coll Rebounded well and was sturdy in defence. 4
2 Geel Solid down back. Used ball well, defended stoutly and ran when he could. 6
3 Syd On Goodes in first half and did it well, but swamped in third quarter like rest. 6
4 Bris Solid as a rock across half-back. 6
5 Haw Began next to Roughead and did a fair defensive job overall. 5
6 Port Marked and tackled strongly down back. 6
7 WB Solid in his 200th game. 5
8 WCE Matched against Hill. Worked hard off half back. 5
9 Adel Coach was not pleased with some of his efforts. Struggled. 2
10 StK Started on Stanley who was moved away early. Had a comfortable game. 6
11 GCS Battled away in defence to try to stem the tide. 5
13 Frem Had several roles down back and worked solidly. 5
14 GWS Couple of blues down back and limited rebound. Just going. 4
15 Rich Tracked former teammate Edwards and did a solid job in the end. 6
16 Bris Broke even with Staker, but the Lion was influential late. 5
17 VFL Displayed a good attitude in defence after shock axing.
18   Rested.  
19   Injured.  
20 VFL Solid in defence with 20 possessions and four marks.
21 VFL Had 18 possessions down back and stood tall on occasions.
22 Haw Superb job on Franklin, but will be cursing his rotten luck that Buddy kicked five. 6
23 Coll Cloke kicked four on him in the first half then he got on top with less to do. 5
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2012 Season

Played for : North Melbourne

1 Ess Did a superb job on the potential match-winner Hurley 8
2 GWS Too much footy know-how for Folau and never troubled. 7
3 Geel Had three inside 50s and two rebounds playing off half back. Steady. 6
4 Syd Made a couple of mistakes, but strong in the Roos’ defence. 6
5 GCS Solid game. Defended strongly and provided customary dash. 7
6 WCE Competed strongly but turned the ball over. 5
7 WB Lost his feet too often and didn’t play with any real confidence. 4
8 Port Played as a loose man in defence and also popped up for three inside 50s. 6
9 Bris Played as extra in defence early and picked up touches at will. Had a man later. 6
10 Haw No real impact at half back and powerless to stop the Hawks’ surge. 3
12 GCS Kicked a long goal and that was his night really. 3
13 Adel Low key and steady backman’s role. 5
14 StK Revelled in the tough contest. 7
15 WCE Started on Lynch and after a sound first half had his problems with forwards. 5
16 Carl Sturdy in defence all night. 6
17 Rich OK but made a couple of blues coming off half back. 4
18 Melb Did his job in defence with a lot of support. 6
19 WB Only eight of his total touches were kicks. Did what he had to but down back. 6
20 Ess Matched on Hurley at start. Had demanding workload but did it well. 6
21 Coll Tough across half-back line, especially in last as Kangas won comfortably. 6
22 Frem Troubled by Mayne’s leading early then shifted away and did better 5
23 GWS A solid performance from the 192-game veteran. 5
EF WCE Horrid early on Darling and had to be moved. Under siege and didn’t cope. 3