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Marcus Bontempelli
#4   Western Bulldogs
Age: 22yr 7mth    Games: 99     Born: November 24, 1995    
Height: 193cm     Weight: 93kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #4 2013 National Draft by Western Bulldogs
Supercoach Price: $497,600   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $587,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2019   AFL Player Contracts
Status: Appendix injury, Expected return: 1-2 weeks   AFL Injury List
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Marcus Bontempelli Biography

Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Marcus Bontempelli will miss two to three weeks after having his appendix removed.

Bontempelli completed training on Tuesday without issue, but later suffered the onset of severe abdominal pain.

He was rushed to hospital with acute appendicitis and had surgery overnight.

Monday, 20 November 2017
Easton Wood is named captain of the Western Bulldogs for the 2018 season, with Marcus Bontempelli serving as vice-captain.

"To become the custodian of the group is something really special to me," Wood said.

"I've been here my whole adult life. I've grown up here. It's definitely special."

Jason Johannisen, Lachie Hunter, Jack Redpath and Jordan Roughead round out the six-man leadership group.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Marcus Bontempelli claims his second successive Charles Sutton Medal as the Western Bulldogs' best and fairest for 2017, pipping defender Jason Johannisen by a single vote in a thrilling count.

In claiming the award, 21-year-old Bontempelli became the youngest dual best and fairest in the club's history, taking the honour from seven-time winner Scott West.

Bontempelli averaged 23 disposals and four marks per game in 2017 and kicked 20 goals across 22 matches.

He also led the club in contested possessions (11.8 per match), clearances (90), contested marks (21), tackles (138) and finished second in metres gained (8,474).

Saturday, 15 April 2017
The AFL has ticked off the controversial umpiring decision that saw Josh Dunkley awarded a free kick in the dying seconds of the third quarter in the Bulldogs' three-point win against North Melbourne for being infringed upon in a ruck contest.

It appeared Marcus Bontempelli nominated to be the Bulldog ruckman in the third term contest, as he raised his right hand before Dunkley lifted both arms in the air, while Roo Andrew Swallow kept Dunkley away from North ruckman Todd Goldstein.

However, match audio confirmed Dunkley was first to say he would be the one to contest against Goldstein, before any indication came from Bontempelli.

Following that, Bontempelli put his hand up and the umpire refused the cue.

Swallow and teammate Jamie Macmillan pointed to the big screen and remonstrated after the free kick, saying Bontempelli was the ruck contestant.

However the umpire is heard to say "he'd already nominated" in reference to Dunkley.

The young Bulldog pushed his shot wide and his side trailed at the final break by two points.

Friday, 17 March 2017
Marcus Bontempelli says Chris Hemsworth owes him, after the Hollywood star donned his jumper in the AFL's new television commercial.

As part of the larger campaign Bontempelli is set to be plastered on billboards up and down Australia's east coast along with Sydney's Josh Kennedy, West Coast's Josh Kennedy and GWS forward Jeremy Cameron.

The TV campaign, which builds on the 1990s advertising sensation "I'd like to see that," has been revived to appeal to both new and old AFL fans.

“He is a genuine superstar so it is pretty amazing to be part of this campaign. When I told my family, my sisters seemed more excited to see him in my jumper than me, he owes me one,” Bontempelli said.

Thursday, 9 March 2017
The fans have spoken and Western Bulldogs premiership prodigy Marcus Bontempelli will appear on the cover of the yet-to-be-released AFL Evolution video game.

Following a fan poll on AFL.com.au late last year, Dogs club champion Bontempelli received 23 per cent of the 128,000 votes cast by fans.

'The Bont' will be joined on the cover of AFL Evolution by Port Adelaide star Chad Wingard and Sydney youngster Isaac Heeney.

Thursday, 22 December 2016
Fans choose Marcus Bontempelli to feature on the cover of video game AFL Evolution.

Almost 128,000 votes were counted in a poll on AFL.com.au, with the premiership Bulldog taking out 23 per cent of the vote.

Saturday, 5 November 2016
Caleb Daniel thinks he still has improvement in him after playing a key role in the Western Bulldogs' drought-breaking premiership.

"There’s a lot to work on in my game," Daniel said.

"I’d love to be able to go inside and take some pressure off guys Luke Dahlhaus and Marcus Bontempelli in the midfield and try to relieve them a little bit."

Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Marcus Bontempelli caps off a remarkable 2016 season by winning the Bulldogs' best and fairest award.

Bontempelli polled 319 votes to finish 71 votes clear of defender Dale Morris (248) with midfielder Lachie Hunter (246) rounding out the top three.

"This is an incredible thing for me personally, to be etched in the Bulldogs' fabric and history at this point in time," Bontempelli said.

"That's something that I'm going to forever look back on and be grateful for."

Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Isaac Heeney is judged the AFL's best young player in 2016 by the coaches.

Heeney was a clear standout, polling 569 votes ahead of the next best, Melbourne's Jesse Hogan with 337.

"Obviously it's pretty humbling," Heeney said.

"A bit like last year, obviously the players voted me in as the best first-year player and this year it's the coaches.

"So it's definitely very humbling. To see that Marcus Bontempelli won it last year and where's he's got to in his football already is pretty special. If I can sort of follow along those footsteps it will be something I'll cherish."

Monday, 12 September 2016
Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says he is impressed with Marcus Bontempelli's new hard edge.

"I think (Marcus) really tries to force himself on the contest, impose himself on the game and the opposition and their thought processes," Beveridge said.

"I think he's taken his leadership hat and felt like he's needed to show the way. He has just led the way through actions and words this year.

"He's such a young player, so it has surprised me."

Saturday, 6 August 2016
Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge lauds the resilience of Marcus Bontempelli after the young midfielder was targeted for attention by North Melbourne.

Bontempelli shrugged off the attention, which started in a scuffle with Michael Firrito before the opening bounce, and still finished with 19 touches and a goal in another mature display.

"You didn't have to be Nostradamus to know it was going to happen," Beveridge said.

"There's no doubt the Kangaroos and everyone will think 'If we stop Marcus Bontempelli, we're a chance to stop their midfield' but he's made of pretty special substances Marcus, and his teammates will always support him."

Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Marcus Bontempelli created a record when he led the Western Bulldogs to victory as stand-in skipper against West Coast on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.

At 20 years and 194 days of age, he became the youngest captain in the game's history to lead a VFL/AFL team to victory.

'The Bont' was given the role after regular stand-in captain Easton Wood was a late withdrawal due to hamstring tightness.

Matt Suckling likens his Western Bulldogs teammate Marcus Bontempelli to Hawthorn champion Sam Mitchell.

"I remember sitting in a meeting and he just started talking and I was like, 'Who is this guy?' He sounds like Sam Mitchell, who has played 250 games," Suckling said of Bontempelli.

"But it was young Marcus, who was 19 at the time I think, and he's just such a level and mature head. He's got a bright future ahead.

"He's just really composed, really mature, loves his footy and loves the Western Bulldogs."

Sunday, 24 January 2016
Marcus Bontempelli looms as the next captain of the Western Bulldogs after he was elevated to club's leadership group in just his third season in the AFL.

The 20-year-old has shown great maturity across his 37-career games and was voted in by his teammates to support re-elected skipper Robert Murphy, new vice-captain Easton Wood and veterans Matthew Boyd and Dale Morris.

Murphy said he was delighted to retain the captaincy in the knowledge the up-and-coming Dogs had plenty of young leaders waiting in the wings.

"It’s an honour to lead the club, it’s been an honour of mine to play for the club for a long time,” Murphy said.

"They’re (Wood and Bontempelli) high quality people, great players, and I think they really capture a lot of the spirit of the team and the club at the moment."

Sunday, 6 December 2015
Marcus Bontempelli says his pre-season focus is in on improving his game and becoming more consistent.

"I think I'm finding where I'm best playing my game … I think now it's being able to put that together week in week out," Bontempelli said.

"It's probably one of the hardest things to do as a player so (I'm) looking forward to exploring that (and) having a consistent year."

Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Easton Wood caps off a stunning breakout season by winning the Western Bulldogs' best and fairest award.

Entering the season on a one-year deal, the rebounding defender quickly established himself as one of the Dogs' most important players and finished the year with a three-year contract extension, All Australian honours and his first Charles Sutton Medal.

The 26-year-old picked up 268 votes to finish a clear winner ahead of skipper Robert Murphy (229) and second-year sensation Marcus Bontempelli (226).

"I never envisaged I'd have the honour of achieving this," Wood said.

"I truly love this club with every inch of my heart, I'm truly proud to be a part of it and I can guarantee you going forward I'll get every inch out of myself."

Sunday, 27 September 2015
Marcus Bontempelli has pledged his loyalty to the Western Bulldogs, signing a long-term contract extension that will keep him at the club until the end of 2019.

"My teammates, coaches and staff are just an extended part of my family and I feel very privileged to come in to work every day to help improve our club with them," Bontempelli said.

"I just couldn't be prouder to be a Western Bulldogs player and I know that will continue well into my career."

Thursday, 13 November 2014
Marcus Bontempelli has added 7kg to his 193cm frame this pre-season.

"He has dominated. He came back looking really good," Bulldogs assistant coach Steven King said.

"He has put on a bit of weight and is about 93 kilos now. That's about seven kilos more than he was (at the start of last year). He is starting to fill into his frame."

Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Lewis Taylor is crowned the 2014 NAB AFL Rising Star in the closest ever count.

The 19-year-old Brisbane Lion polled 39 votes on Wednesday, one more than the Western Bulldogs' Marcus Bontempelli, to win the Ron Evans medal.

North Melbourne's Luke McDonald was third, with 32.

Taylor, who is estranged from his mother and was raised with his brother Toby by their father Simon thanked his father for the crucial role he played in winning the award.

"Dad's been great for me, getting me to games, where I need to be, training, representative stuff," Taylor said.

"We've had some good times along the way so I'm very thankful.

"He's worked hard to get me and my brother back and settle us down and get us on the right path, which he's done."

Monday, 18 August 2014
Marcus Bontempelli says it would be an honour to win this year's NAB AFL Rising Star award, but he's not buying into the external hype surrounding his debut season.

"It would be an honour (to win the Rising Star); there have been a lot of good players to come through and win it," he said.

"But I think if you buy into your own press you can start to drop off in your own performance - you can't think about it too much.

"We've got two games left and there are a lot of good players out there, so I think there is an even chance for anyone to get it."

Friday, 15 August 2014
Marcus Bontempelli signs a two-year contract extension with the Bulldogs, tying him to the club until the end of 2017.

"I feel fortunate to have been drafted to this club, and my first year has been extremely enjoyable," Bontempelli said.

"I'm looking forward to being part of what is an exciting future here."

Monday, 16 June 2014
Marcus Bontempelli has been named the round 13 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee after tallying a career-high 22 touches and kicking a goal in the Bulldogs' stunning eight-point upset of Collingwood.

"It's been massive. Especially after not only the win, but then this and kicking my first goal and a few big moments," Bontempelli said.

"I've just really enjoyed the last 24 hours."

Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney says Marcus Bontempelli is very close to making his AFL debut.

"His form is very solid," McCartney said.

"He's learning probably two or three different positions at the moment. We're not sure if he's going to be suited to one area of the ground yet, so part of that is learning where to stand at the stoppage and where to position himself defensively, but the raw talent is really exciting."

Friday, 22 November 2013
Marcus Bontempelli is selected by the Bulldogs with pick No.4 in the NAB AFL Draft.

"He's been on the radar since last year when he won an AIS scholarship and his footy last year was pretty good," Bulldogs list manager Simon Dalrymple said.

"But he went to the next level this year. His rate of improvement from the start of the year to the end of the season is something that I haven't seen in my 15 years or so of watching TAC Cup footy."

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