Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Orazio Fantasia signs a new
two-year deal with Essendon to remain at the club until the end of 2021.
"I love this place, this is like my second family now," South Australian Fantasia said.
"The bond we share in the locker room, the love we have for each other has grown massively.
"I miss my family of course, my family come over as often as they can … I was never really looking to go home."
Sunday, 22 July 2018
Bomber David Myers says his favourite player
to line up on the field with is Orazio Fantasia.
"Orazio is just a star. If you saw the way he operates week to week at the club, he works incredibly hard," Myers said.
"It's no surprise he plays the standard he does. He's incredibly smart, very hard working, very clean and he's a great leader, too.
"He's been in the leadership group this year for the first time, and he's a real general for us up forward in terms of setting us up."
Thursday, 8 March 2018
Orazio Fantasia is ruled out
of round one due to a knee injury.
The Bombers had been hopeful of the speedy goalkicker returning to feature in this Sunday's JLT Community Series clash with Geelong.
However, after dealing with the knee problem through the pre-season, Fantasia underwent surgery on Thursday and will not face Adelaide in the Bombers' opening round clash.
"Orazio has recently had ITB friction that has been causing him knee pain and had a procedure today to address it," Essendon's high performance manager Justin Crow said.
"The intervention went to plan and following these procedures players usually take 3-4 weeks to recover."
Saturday, 10 February 2018
Brendon Goddard chooses not to be part of Essendon's leadership group this season despite being voted in by his peers.
Orazio Fantasia and David Myers have joined captain Dyson Heppell, Zach Merrett, Cale Hooker, Joe Daniher and Michael Hurley in the seven-man group.
"It's wonderful to see Dyson voted back in as captain and his leadership style clearly resonates with his teammates," Essendon coach John Worsfold said.
"Dyson consistently displays care for his teammates, leads by example and is extremely driven to see this group achieve the success they are striving for."
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Orazio Fantasia is unlikely to play again this season, with his right hamstring strain ruling him out until deep into September.
The 21-year-old was hurt in the opening term of last Saturday's win against Carlton at the MCG.
"It's a grade two plus, which means he's going to miss five-to-six weeks. Obviously we'll need everything to go right," Essendon high performance manager Justin Crow said.
Saturday, 5 August 2017
Orazio Fantasia could be facing an uphill battle to play if the Dons make finals after suffering a suspected high-grade hamstring injury in the first quarter of the Bombers' clash with Carlton at the MCG.
Thursday, 16 March 2017
Orazio Fantasia signs a new two-year deal with Essendon, which will tie the promising young forward to the club until the end of 2019.
"Essendon has such a strong culture and I'm thrilled to be a part of such a proud club," Fantasia said.
"Melbourne is my home now and I want to be a leader of this football club over the next few years."
Monday, 18 July 2016
Orazio Fantasia is the round 17 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee after making the most of his opportunities following the season-long bans handed to the 12 Essendon-listed players who took part in the Bombers' 2012 supplements program.
Fantasia, in his third season with the Bombers, set himself for a big year knowing he would get his chance to establish himself as a member of Essendon's best 22.
"With the 12 guys not being here, it was going to be a little easier to get in the side," Fantasia said.
"But as soon as I saw the verdict come out, it was heads down, bum up and get to work type stuff.
"I wanted to play every game. That was my aim if the boys were here or they weren't here."
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Orazio Fantasia gathers 10 possessions and six marks (one contested) as well as kicked 3.4 in a half against the Giants, drawing praise from veteran Matthew Stokes.
"I've played for 11 years and I've never had a half like that," Stokes said.
"He worked really hard to get on the end of a few, but what was really important was all the other opportunities and space he created just with his movement and his pace and his determination to get to a contest. He drew defenders too him, which opened it up for his teammates.
"The role of small forward is the hardest role to play because you can be out of the play. Most of the time, you only get rewarded only when you put in the effort with the tackling pressure and defence, and he was fantastic in those areas."
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Orazio Fantasia is the round 23 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee after gathering a career-high 27 disposals at 82 per cent efficiency in the Bombers' three-point win over the Magpies.
"Orazio is one of an exciting group of young players on our senior list, he has a tremendous work ethic, hunger to develop, and we believe this combination of attributes lays the foundations for a bright future at Essendon," Essendon's development manager Mark Neeld said.
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Orazio Fantasia signs a new two-year deal with the Bombers, resisting the lure of a move back home to Adelaide.
The 19-year-old impressed during a mid-year patch of games this season before suffering a thigh injury, but has committed to trying to secure a spot in the club's best 22 until at least the end of 2017.
"Being from interstate, the lure to return home is always there but I am really enjoying my time at the Bombers," Fantasia said.
"I feel we have a really strong group of young players coming through and I am really excited about what we can achieve together over the next few years."