Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Stephen Coniglio recounts the drama
that both he and teammate Toby Greene found themselves in last October during a visit to the San Siro in Italy to watch his beloved Juventus play.
"When people say don't wear opposition colours to a game in Italy, make sure you don't. As we were walking into the game, I had one (scarf) ripped off my neck and thrown into the crowd," Coniglio told the Greats with Garby podcast.
"(Higuain) scored the late winner and we quickly ran out, (but) no taxis would take us because Toby still had his scarf on. Before anyone saw us, we slipped a cab driver 20 extra euros to take us back to the town before anything happened.
"Next minute we're in the cab and maybe, maybe, maybe at some point the scarf went out the window. But the traffic coming out of the game, you're at a standstill. The poor cab driver had his mirrors taken off and I had spit all over me, because the cab driver was an Inter supporter and wouldn't put the window up in time. We almost had two broken windows to go with it as well. It was a scary, but funny moment."
Thursday, 30 April 2020
Jaeger O'Meara says he was a 'sounding board' for
his close friend Stephen Coniglio during the 2019 multi-club chase for the Giant and admits to fancying him as a Hawthorn teammate.
"We're obviously pretty tight. I was really keen for him to come across if he decided he want to leave the Giants, and we wanted to be the first ones to have a look at him," O'Meara said.
"We sat down numerous times over a coffee or a beer or whatever to talk about it, and it wasn't necessarily me trying to pester him. I was saying, 'If you need to chat about any of this, then give me a call'.
"At the end of the day, he was happy at the Giants. I think he's made the right decision for him and his family and got an incredible contract and one he thoroughly deserves."
Sunday, 12 April 2020
Stephen Coniglio recounts his meeting
with the late basketball megastar Kobe Bryant, revealing the remarkable lengths that the five-time NBA champion had gone to in researching the Greater Western Sydney captain before their catch-up.
Giants CEO Dave Matthews set up the meeting between Coniglio and Bryant in Newport Beach in Los Angeles in November last year, with the pair discussing the art of leadership during an enthralling 45-minute conversation.
"Mainly we were chatting about how I became captain. He was saying how he had to change his mentality and be more about the team than himself. He was saying that initially that was hard for him, but it actually benefited him and his game in the long run," Coniglio recalled.
"He was great. I walked in and didn't know what to expect, but straightaway he said: 'How's the knee? Congratulations on staying, I read you're Italian, I lived in Italy with my father'. Whether he researched that or his PA, it was just amazing."
Saturday, 22 February 2020
GWS coach Leon Cameron says Stephen Coniglio will split his time between the midfield and forward duties in 2020.
"Coniglio's more your 50-50 or 60-40 (midfield-forward) because when he plays forward, we love what we see with him," Cameron said.
"He kicks goals, he's competitive, he wins one-on-ones and he's dangerous. His speed and his point of difference when he goes through the midfield is first class as well."
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Stephen Coniglio will captain GWS in 2020 as part of a six-man leadership group.
The Giants won't have any vice-captains under Coniglio, instead entrusting Josh Kelly and Matt de Boer to support the star midfielder, along with newcomers Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene and Lachie Whitfield.
Phil Davis and Callan Ward have stepped away from the Giants' leadership group after eight seasons as co-captains of the club.
"We're very fortunate at the Giants to have some outstanding leaders and I'm really confident in the mix of players that will be supporting Stephen as on-field leaders," GWS footy boss Jason McCartney said.
Tuesday, 3 December 2019
Stephen Coniglio is officially unveiled as Greater Western Sydney's new captain after exiting skippers Phil Davis and Callan Ward handed him the baton during an off-season holiday weeks ago.
"It speaks volumes for the people they are, they were here from such a young age representing our playing group and setting high standards," Coniglio said of his former co-captains.
"For the boys to do the co-captaincy thing for as long as they did, there wouldn't be too many organisations where two guys can come together for that long and jell so well."
Coniglio becomes the club's first sole captain since the club entered the competition and says he wants to drive a winning culture at the Giants.
"As a captain and a player, that's why we're here. We're here to win," he said.
"We've been able to forge a really strong club and we've been to four finals series in a row, and we want success at this footy club.
"That’s really important to me, as is continuing the really strong culture we have."
Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Stephen Coniglio officially rules himself out of the 2019 Grand Final between his club, the Giants, and Richmond.
Coniglio has been on the sidelines since round 17 when he suffered a serious knee injury in the opening minutes of the loss to Richmond.
"This is a selfless decision by Stephen and typical of the man he is," GWS general manager of football Wayne Campbell said.
"He left it all on the training track today and ultimately he decided he doesn’t think he is capable of playing out the whole game and therefore didn’t want to let his teammates down."
Monday, 23 September 2019
Stephen Coniglio is awarded the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award for his outstanding contribution to the community.
Coniglio was recognized for his tireless work across a range of programs that involve the multicultural communities of western Sydney.
"Stephen is an outstanding role model and his passion and commitment for growing the game at all levels is truly impressive," AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said.
"His engagement with the diverse communities of western Sydney, along with the Giants and the team at AFL NSW/ACT, is to be commended.
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
Stephen Coniglio shuns offers from other clubs to sign a landmark seven-year with Greater Western Sydney.
It becomes the longest individual deal in Giants history and will keep him at the club until the end of 2026.
"This club has become home for me and in the end the culture and the opportunity are undeniable. I'm just thrilled to be a Giant for life and keen to continue on our path to becoming an even greater club," Coniglio said.
"Clearly I had a lot to weigh up given I was looking to make a long-term commitment. In the end the opportunity here at the Giants to do something unique with some incredible people was just too great to turn down."
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
Giants coach Leon Cameron says isn't comfortable with clubs chatting to Stephen Coniglio in-season but knows it's part of the industry.
"It's a disappointing part of the AFL system because you're actually in-season, but equally there's pretty much no other way (to do it)," Cameron said.
Cameron said Coniglio had spoken to him about the Clarkson rendezvous and his dealings with the GWS vice-captain have continued to be positive.
"We've answered in a very honest way about how Stephen was feeling every week and I don't see anything different (with him), he's been terrific," Cameron said.
"I'm confident it's going to go our way in the coming weeks."
Monday, 19 August 2019
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has revealed he has met with GWS star Stephen Coniglio in a bid to lure him to Waverley Park.
"If he decides to leave GWS, we'd like to be at the front of the queue if we could possibly get there," Clarkson said.
"We want to try and compete with Geelong and Carlton and whoever else who might be in the scheme of things for Cogs, because he's a special player."
Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Free agent Stephen Coniglio has been linked to Carlton and Blues superstar Patrick Cripps says he would love to play alongside him.
"It's one of those things. Anyone would be rapt to have Stephen Coniglio come to your door. He's a sensational player, so if he did come I'd be over the moon," Cripps said.
"But we'll see how that all pans out."
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
Giants coach Leon Cameron says Greater Western Sydney medical staff are not to blame for Stephen Coniglio's potentially season-ending injury.
Coniglio lasted less than five minutes against Richmond at the MCG before the knee gave way in an innocuous incident, prompting some commentators to question whether he should have been playing in the first place.
"When a guy trains fully in the main session, he's cleared by the surgeon, cleared by the scans, and you ask him four or five times 'are you ready to go?' They're the cold hard facts," Cameron said.
"I thought it was really disappointing that people were having a crack at our medical staff when really they didn't have the facts."
Monday, 15 July 2019
Stephen Coniglio escapes an anterior cruciate ligament injury, but will still require arthroscopic surgery to fix damaged cartilage on his knee which will sideline him for eight weeks.
Tuesday, 5 March 2019
2019's most sought-after free agent Stephen Coniglio will need to weigh up interest from three different states with Fremantle declaring it is entering the race to bring him home.
"He's at a good club, but as a young West Australian free agent it'd be negligent if I didn't have a coffee with (Coniglio's agent) Tom Petroro," Dockers CEO Steve Rosich said.
Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Greater Western Sydney will be led by co-captains Phil Davis and Callan Ward for the eighth consecutive season as the club announced an unchanged leadership group for 2019.
Stephen Coniglio and Josh Kelly will again be vice-captains, while Matt de Boer is the final member of the group.
"What that process demonstrated for us is that we have a number of outstanding leaders at our club both in official leadership positions as well as across our entire playing group," Giants football manager Wayne Campbell said.
Friday, 20 April 2018
On the eve of his 100th game, Stephen Coniglio explains how he has come to be considered the 'spiritual leader' and the 'heart and soul' of the Giants.
"In terms of my leadership, my favourite part about it is helping the guys get better, it's all about giving back," he said.
"Care and empathy goes a long way, particularly in our game where it is so hard both on and off the field, and it can get draining.
"I've been very privileged to have that sort of upbringing, not only thanks to my mum and dad who have been the biggest influences in my life, but with my grandparents on both sides."
Monday, 5 March 2018
Matt de Boer's remarkable career renaissance after being elevated into a new-look leadership group at Greater Western Sydney.
The Giants will again be led by co-captains Callan Ward and Phil Davis, who continue in the role for the seventh straight year, with vice-captain Stephen Coniglio joined by star midfielder Josh Kelly as a deputy.
All Australian Dylan Shiel was voted into the group again, but opted to step away from his leadership duties, while veteran defender Heath Shaw also made way.
Friday, 21 July 2017
Stephen Coniglio will make his comeback from a second ankle setback via the NEAFL this week.
"After the extended time I had off, I was in a head space this week of purely wanting to get back and play football. It was a coaching decision for me to go through the NEAFL," Coniglio said.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back on the park and I've given myself the best preparation. Whether it's one week or two weeks in the NEAFL, I'm thankful to be out there."
Monday, 15 May 2017
Stephen Coniglio will miss at least the next 10 weeks with another ankle injury.
Coniglio went down late in the Giants' thrilling three-point win over Collingwood when he kicked the leg of Magpies forward Darcy Moore, and had surgery to fix a syndesmosis injury.
It's a blow for the vice-captain, who was playing just his second game of the year after rolling the same left ankle in the final JLT Community Series game against North Melbourne.
"The damage to Stephen's ankle is significantly worse than the previous injury so he'll undergo surgery before commencing a thorough rehabilitation program," GWS head of athletic performance David Joyce said.
Monday, 13 March 2017
Stephen Coniglio will miss six weeks after twisting his left ankle in a tackle by North Melbourne's Andrew Swallow in Canberra during the pre-season.
“We're obviously disappointed for Stephen after he put in a really strong pre-season,” GWS head of athletic performance David Joyce said.
“He'll spend the next two weeks in a protective boot and progress from there."
Friday, 7 October 2016
Toby Greene caps off a breakout season in 2016 by winning the Kevin Sheedy Medal as Greater Western Sydney's player of the year.
Greene averaged 21.3 possessions per game playing as a high half-forward, kicked 44 goals, was ranked equal second in the League for goal assists, and third for inside 50s during the regular season.
The 23-year-old finished a thrilling count just three votes ahead of wingman Tom Scully, with fellow onballer Stephen Coniglio third.
"I honestly can't believe I've won this medal," Greene said.
"It's such a privilege to be named amongst the best players that this club has got is such an honour."
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Stephen Coniglio signs a contract extension with GWS that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.
"The future of the playing group, I think that would be the main thing for me," Coniglio said.
"Deep down I know that we have the group to do it [win a premiership]."
Stephen Coniglio signs a two-year extension with GWS that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.
"Having been at the Giants since the start and seeing where we are headed, I had no hesitation in re-signing," Coniglio said.
"I enjoy living in Sydney and playing football with a committed and hard working group of footballers, who are also my some of my closest friends.
"Together we've worked hard and battled through some tough times over the past five years and I want to be part of the success that is hopefully ahead of us."
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Callan Ward and key defender Phil Davis will co-captain GWS for a fifth-straight season, but Shane Mumford and Tom Scully have made way for four new additions to the group.
Reigning club champion Heath Shaw will again support Ward and Davis, who have shared the skipper's role since the Giants entered the competition in 2012.
Gun midfielders Stephen Coniglio, Dylan Shiel and Devon Smith, and defender Matt Buntine, all 22-year-old Giants' 'originals', have been given a spot on the leadership team for the first time.
"We've had young guys who have been doing leadership stuff for four years that they've been here and they're ready to step in," Ward said.
"We didn't want the group too large, and seven is the perfect number for us.
"We've got four fifth-year players who are terrific leaders, terrific men; that's what we're about at this football club, great men and great people so I think it's really good signs for us.
"They'll fill the shoes really well."
Friday, 26 February 2016
Rhys Palmer celebrates a goal during the Giants' NAB Challenge match against the Bulldogs by planting a kiss on teammate's Stephen Coniglio's cheek.
"We're pretty close, it wasn't something that was premeditated. We probably got caught up in the moment a little bit," Palmer said.
"We sort of greet each other with a kiss every morning we see each other at the club, and that probably got taken into the game.
"There's a bit of European in both of us so I guess that's where we get in from."
Thursday, 21 January 2016
The AFL's Multicultural Program will expand to 18 player ambassadors in 2016 and will also include two female players.
Sabrina Frederick-Traub and Darcy Vescio will be joined in promoting some of the many diverse backgrounds in Australia’s Game by Brisbane Lions Vice Captain Dayne Zorko, Geelong’s Tom Hawkins, Fremantle’s Tendai Mzundu, Gold Coast SUNS players Adam Saad and Tom Nicholls, Sydney Swan Aliir Aliir and Western Bulldogs player Jason Johannisen.
The new additions in 2016 join existing Australia Post AFL Multicultural Player Ambassadors David Zaharakis (Essendon), Stephen Coniglio (GWS GIANTS), Paul Puopolo (Hawthorn), Shem Tatupu (Hawthorn), Alipate Carlile (Port Adelaide), Jimmy Toumpas (Port Adelaide), Bachar Houli (Richmond), Nic Naitanui (West Coast) and Lin Jong (Western Bulldogs).
“The expanded list of 18 ambassadors, representing 13 AFL Clubs and two female Clubs, will play a crucial role in raising cultural understanding, inclusion and participation at all levels of Australian Football,” AFL General Manager Game and Market Development Simon Lethlean said.
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Greater Western Sydney chief executive Dave Matthews has launched a scathing attack on the one-week suspension handed to Essendon's Adam Cooney for his bump on Giant Stephen Coniglio.
With less than five minutes to play in last week's match at Spotless Stadium, and with GWS leading by 33 points, the Bomber charged off the centre square and clashed with Coniglio, who was left dazed for several minutes.
"Quite simply, what (Adam) Cooney did to (Stephen) Coniglio is unacceptable, and if you want to send that message then it's got to be more than one week," Matthews said.
The young Giant was helped from the field by medical staff and will miss this week's crucial clash against Port Adelaide on Saturday.
"I didn't like it, the game is tougher than it's ever been, but there's no room for that.
"Stephen Coniglio (is) a real ball player and it was even more necessary given the state of the game.
"When I was told that it was a one-week penalty I thought it was a joke, I thought someone was having a lend of me.
"That is significant unders."
Monday, 13 July 2015
Stephen Coniglio signs a two-year deal with GWS that will keep him at the club until the end of 2017.
"From the start I was really honest with the Giants and my manager, I didn't want to speak to any other clubs or hear about any other offers, I wanted to stay at the Giants," Coniglio said.
"At the start of the year the main thing I had to weigh up was whether or not there was a spot for me and if I was in our best 22, and that was my thinking throughout the whole process.
"I've been pretty comfortable with where I've been at all year. Firstly I wanted to get my spot in the team, and then consistently perform, which I've been able to do so far.
"It's good news and hopefully a positive one for the club."
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Stephen Coniglio is hopeful of signing a new contract this year to remain with the Giants.
"It will play itself out," Coniglio said.
"I'm loving Sydney at the moment and I can't see myself leaving the club. I'm really excited about what's to come in the next few years."
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Stephen Coniglio expects to be out for the season after undergoing surgery for a thumb that he broke against Adelaide.
"I think my season is over. I had an operation on Friday night and I think that will be it for the year," Coniglio said.
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Stephen Coniglio may miss at least six weeks and the rest of the season after having surgery for a broken thumb.
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Being a better inside player is a goal that Stephen Coniglio has set for himself and the rest of the GWS midfield in 2014 following the departures of Taylor Adams and Dom Tyson.
"You've got to win the hard ball first before you can do anything and this year that'll be one of my goals, to make sure I get better at that," Coniglio said.
"Losing Dom Tyson, who was an inside specialist, and Taylor Adams, who loves the grunt and loves being inside, we need to take it to the next level.
"Another year in the gym, we'll be physically stronger and won't be pushed over as easily as some of our midfielders probably have been in our first two years."
Monday, 3 February 2014
Jobe Watson joins Demon Jimmy Toumpas, Magpie Patrick Karnezis, Giant Stephen Coniglio, and Lin Jong from the Western Bulldogs as new multicultural ambassadors in 2014 to help grow the game alongside existing ambassadors Nic Naitanui, Bachar Houli, Karmichael Hunt, Majak Daw, and Alipate Carlile.
"Since the introduction of the AFL multicultural ambassador program in 2012, we are delighted by the enthusiasm, insight and cultural guidance the ambassadors have provided to communities and the AFL industry," AFL chief Andrew Demetriou said.
"In 2014, we are excited to have Jobe, Jimmy, Patrick, Stephen and Lin as part of this important program and look forward to the 10 ambassadors playing a lead role in encouraging individuals and communities to unite through their passion for Australia's game."
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Stephen Coniglio makes an immediate impact in his return to the seniors as a substitute for GWS after being dropped from the side and sustaining a hamstring injury.
"It was a testing time for me personally. I'd never been dropped before," Coniglio said.
"But the coaches were really supportive and they needed better standards from me and I was rightly dropped."
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Before being drafted by GWS, Stephen Coniglio was unsure about moving to Sydney, but says he has since grown to love it.
"I'd been to Sydney a couple of times prior to moving over and the first time I wasn't 100 per cent sure," Coniglio said.
"I was too young and there wasn't any AFL going on.
"But over last summer I fell in love with the place and hence why a lot of guys have re-committed to the club.
"Not only am I excited about the team, but Sydney's a great place to live and grow the game of AFL."
Thursday, 30 August 2012
Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene, Steve Coniglio and Adam Treloar are among eight re-signings for Greater Western Sydney.
"It's a young club, plenty of run, and I just love the boys around the club and we're building something really big for the future," Cameron said.
"I'm really confident going forward that if we can all stay together, we'll be a very successful club," Coniglio added.
Friday, 8 June 2012
Stephen Coniglio will miss the Giants' next four matches after surgery to his injured thumb.
"Stephen has had an excellent season so far and is one of four Giants players who've already been nominated for the NAB AFL Rising Star," GWS football manager Graeme Allan said.
"We look forward to him making a full recovery and being available to return to the side later next month."
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Stephen Coniglio a nomination for NAB Rising Star award after tallying 31 disposals, 6 marks and a goal in the Giants' maiden victory against Gold Coast.
"Stephen's nomination is reward for an outstanding game in our first win on Saturday and an excellent season so far," GWS coach Kevin Sheedy said.
"He and our other young midfielders such as Toby Greene, Dylan Shiel and Devon Smith have shown tremendous consistency and maturity for their age and experience."
Friday, 25 November 2011
Stephen Coniglio isn't fazed about missing out on the No. 1 pick to Jonathon Patton.
"It would have been fantastic to go number one but Jon deserves it and he is a fantastic player. I wasn't disappointed but I wasn't relieved, it was just a feeling that I'm blessed and grateful to be here in the top five," Coniglio said.
"My initial thoughts were that if I get an opportunity to play AFL footy, I've always been one to believe that if you get an opportunity grab it with both hands."