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1Brett Deledio to race rugby stars over 100m Empty Brett Deledio to race rugby stars over 100m on Sun Aug 15, 2010 10:46 pm



Deledio in sprint challenge
By Daniel Lane
The Sunday Age
August 15, 2010

RICHMOND'S Brett Deledio will race rugby league speedsters Jarryd Hayne and Greg Inglis in the 100 metres to determine Australia's fastest footballer.

Deledio was handpicked by AFL fitness guru John Quinn for the race, which will take place at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre on September 15.

Quinn will soon renew his association with coach Kevin Sheedy after agreeing to join Greater Western Sydney as the team's high-performance manager.

The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, will oversee the sprint, which has been named in his honour.

''John Quinn was quite emphatic that Brett Deledio will really take it to the NRL stars,'' said meeting director Hayden Knowles of Competitive Edge.

''It is shaping as a big event. We'll be announcing the other runners soon and we're looking at millions of dollars' worth of football talent on the track. This will be a great test for all the competitors.''

Hayne, of the Parramatta Eels, was a national schoolboy athletics champion - he won the 100 metres hurdles in 13.1 seconds - while Melbourne Storm star Inglis professes a love for running and is described by Knowles as a natural.

Deledio, 23, was Richmond's No. 1 draft pick in 2004 and the club's best and fairest in 2008 and 2009.

Below is the 2009 Grand Final Sprint. 200cm Rhys Stanley (St Kilda) won from 17 year old Gold Coast kid Trent McKenzie.

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Brett Deledio's father, Wayne, played one game for Carlton before becoming a very good full-back for Brunswick in the VFA (1976 to 1978) when the Wicks were in the VFA's first division. Not known as a quick player, he was certainly hard at the contest and played in a golden era for the VFA against full forwards like Fred Cook (Port Melb), Frosty Miller (Dandenong) & Joe Radojevic (Geelong West).

Brett's Uncle Ron won the Maryborough Gift.

Here's a extract from a page devoted to the Deledio's on the Avoca Football Club website.

Ron and Wayne Deledio
The arrival of the Deledio Brothers, Ron and Wayne, ushered in an exciting new era for the Avoca club.

In 1978, Ron Deledio, was transferred to the Avoca Branch of the National bank. Ron's father, Ron Senior, was an outstanding footballer, and as a tribute, the Dunolly oval was named after him.

Ron was only in Avoca five minutes before he was signed up and made assistant coach of the football club.

The following year he was appointed playing coach. It proved to be a fabulous deal for Avoca, Ron's Wife, Patricia, took on the laborious job of treasurer, whilst Ron's father accepted a position on the selection committee.

But the bigger coup was the recruitment of Ron's brother, Wayne Deledio, a former Carlton and Brunswick player. Standing 6 feet, Wayne had a near perfect football physique, complimented by a fierce determination.

Often Wayne would finish a gruelling Sunday morning training session by attacking a punching bag in the clubrooms. Such was the fury, one could not help but feel sorry for the bag!

It was a similar story on the field. Late in a match against Moonambel, Wayne received a fee kick. It was a miserable winter's afternoon. Continuous rain had saturated the ball and it could barely travel 30 metres.

To everyone's surprise, Wayne, who was just inside the centre square, prepare to shoot for goal, a near impossible task even in excellent conditions. As Wayne started his run up, a spectator bellowed, "You can't kick that, Deledio," Stopping abruptly, he glared defiantly towards the voice. With total composure Wayne carefully wiped the waterlogged ball on his guernsey, telegraphing his intentions beyond any doubt.

An eerie silence engulfed the fround. Slowly he ran towards the man on his mark. The sound of his boot making contact with the ball was reminiscent of a huge stock whip being cracked. The ball as heavy as a lump of lead, took off like a jumbo jet. As it reached its peak, it seemed to hang momentarily in the dark winter sky before gliding down over the heads of the dumbfounded players standing in the goal square.

Those who witnessed that goal say it is something that they will remember for a lifetime.

In his first season with the Bulldogs, 1979, Wayne Deledio streaked away to win the Lexton League Best & Fairest award by 14 votes. With a massive 35 votes he blitzed the field in the Maffescioni Award with a margin of 16 votes. Wayne also won Avoca's Best player award, the club goalkicking award, and was selected in the Lexton League side.

1980 was an even better season. His achievements included another Lexton League Best & Fairest award with 23 votes, the Maffescioni Award with 33 votes, the Avoca club Best & Fairest and a best on the ground performance for the Lexton League against the Western Plains League.

Personal achievments aside, the Deledio brothers effectively carved their names into the history of the Avoca Football Club in 1980, when they led the Bulldogs to their first premiership in 27 long years.

But the accolades do not end there, Ron coached the side again in 1981 and has the great distinction of being only the second man ever to captain and coach Avoca in Back to Back premierships. The other was Paddy Ryan in 1927 and 1928.

The League acknowledged Ron Deledio by appointing him coach of its representative side in 1981.

Footnote: Ron Deledio was also an outstanding athlete, having the distinction of winning the prestigious Maryborough Gift and in doing so shared the honor roll with his father, Ron Senior, who also won the Maryborough Gift some years before.

As well as being a great athlete, Ron Deledio was also an oustanding clubman who was always first in to lend a hand when something needed doing, and played a major role in the recruitment of players to the club. The Deledio Family has definitely played a major role in one of the clubs most succesfull era's of its 132 year history..
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Ron, Ron Senior & Wayne

"Let's Go While We're Young"


From The Age – January 3 1977

Dunolly boy comes good as a pro
by Mike Sheahan
The Age
3rd Jan 1977

When Ron Deledio left Maryborough four years ago in search of sporting stardom, his big hope was as success in the VFL with Carlton.

Deledio, a stocky half-back flanker, managed a handful of Reserve games but the “big time” eluded him and he played with country club Coldstream last year after a brief stay with Brunswick.

His younger brother Wayne who has played one senior game with Carlton has taken over as the family’s football hope.

But Ron’s long wait to hear “local boy makes good” ended at Maryborough’s Princes Park just after 3.00pm on Saturday.

Deledio, the boy from near Dunolly, scored a thrilling home town win in the $1000 Maryborough Gift.

The $700 first prize will be handy for the 25-year-old Thomastown bank officer, but the prestige is invaluable.

“It really means something to me to win this”, he said immediately after the race. “I’d thought I’d won it – I just hoped to hell I had.”

Excited Maryborough secretary Max Martin proudly announced “Local boy comes good”.

Yet he very nearly blew it winning officially by 0.6 centimetres (one quarter of an inch) from South Australain Michael Sullivan in the 120-metere sprint. The judges had to consult an electronic machine to decide the finish.

Deledio, who beat Sullivan comfortably in the semi-final, lunged desperately for the tape, he fell and rolled several metres.

“He surprised me five metres from home; it was pretty tight”, Deledio said.

Deledio and Sullivan both ran off 6.50 metres and recorded the same time 12.2 seconds, Deledio won the semi-final in 12.1 seconds.

Maryborough runner Leigh Quiney (6.5) was third.

Deledio’s previous best performances in five years of professional running were his third in the Bendigo Two Thousand last year and his Chelsea Gift win in 1975.

He was eliminated in the semi-finals at Maryborough last year.

North Melbourne footballer Peter Keenan won the $100 high jump. Keenan cleared 172 centimetres (5ft 8ins) to beat Peter Marks and star South Australian athlete Paul Dawe.

1977 120m Maryborough Gift
1st. Ron Deledio (6.50m)
2nd. Michael Sullivan SA (6.50m)
3rd. Leigh Quiney (6.50m)
Others: Geoff Lumb, Joe Logan, A Murphy.
Time: 12.2 sec.

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