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Northern Territory legend, Willie Rioli Senior, dies at 50



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The AFL community is now mourning the passing of former Hawk and Tiwi Islands Football League president Willie Rioli Senior.  The 50-year-old sadly suffered a heart attack and passed away on Tuesday night, AFL Northern Territory confirmed. 

His beloved son, West Coast’s Willie Rioli Junior, has now taken an indefinite leave from the AFL to return to be with his family in the Northern Territory.

Willie Rioli Senior Death, His Obituary

Willie Rioli Senior died at the young age of 50 from a heart attack. The AFL community is in awe and shocked at the sudden passing of the talented player.

Willie Snr’s former WAFL club South Fremantle said it was “deeply saddened” by his shock passing. Hawthorn also issued their own statement, extending its sincere condolences to the Rioli family, which includes four-time premiership Hawk Cyril Rioli – who was the nephew of Willie Snr.  “The club’s thoughts are with them at this difficult time,” the statement read.  West Coast described the Rioli family as an “intrinsic part” of the club.

Sean Bowden, the chairman of AFL Northern Territory reported that the league was mourning the loss of Willie Snr.  “Willie was a proud Tiwi man – always respectful and holding to the strongest of values in the way he conducted himself,” Bowden said.  “He was a valuable, passionate, and down-to-earth mentor for the footy community on the Islands and it was a privilege to play against him and in later years, work beside him.”

Willie Rioli Senior Age, Family, and Early Life

Willie Rioli Senior age was 50 years old at the time of his death. He was born in the United States of America. Willie was of American nationality and had a white ethnic background.

His parents as well as early life details are under the radar as of yet.

Willie Rioli Senior Career, What was his profession?

Willie Rioli Snr joined Hawthorn as a football player of his time. He was picked 48 in the 1990 national draft but never played a senior game for the club.  He had also dominated at both the WAFL and NTFL – with St Mary’s and also became an NTFL player life member after winning multiple premierships and being selected in NT representative sides.

Willie Senior also played 48 WAFL League games for the Bulldogs between 1989-90 and 1994, with his performances rewarded with recruitment to the Hawthorn Football Club in the AFL during the early 1990s.

Rioli Senior was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia back in 2008 for his work in the Tiwi Islands community.

Willie Rioli Senior Net Worth, How much does he earn?

As of July 2022; Willie Rioli Senior net worth figure is under the wraps.

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Which school/college did he go to? What was his major?

Willie academic degree and educational details have not been disclosed.

Willie Rioli Senior Wife, What about his relationship?

His wife’s name and her respective details are missing at the moment. Willie also has a son West Coast’s Willie Rioli Junior who has now taken an indefinite leave from the AFL to return to family in the Northern Territory.

His Social Media

Rioli Senior seems to be unavailable on the social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook account.

Willie Rioli Senior Height, Weight, Sexual orientation,

Height Not Available
Weight Not Available
Hair color Not Available
Body type Fit
 Sexual orientation Straight

Interesting facts about Willie Rioli Senior’s which you should be knows

Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Zodiac sign Not Available
Age 50
Relationship  status Not Available
Children Willie Rioli Junior (Son)
Partner Not Available



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