Tiziani in AFL Sydney team of the year

A second North Broken Hill footballer has enjoyed the fruits of another strong and consistent season with Broken Hill Bulldog Lachie Tiziani selected in the AFL Sydney football competition “Team of the Year” for 2023.

Playing for the Inner West Magpies in the men’s premier division of that major NSW competition in Australia’s most populated city, Tiziani had an outstanding second season with the club.

“He has fitting in seamlessly to our club,” Magpies Coach Ben Klembe explained. “Lachie has shown some of the attributes for us that Nick Daicos has displayed at AFL level. He came back after a couple of years away from the game with a significant knee injury first playing with us last winter.

“His confidence has grown the further this season progressed.He plays as an outside midfielder and in a high half forward, and is an impact player. His strengths include his natural pace and his booming kick. From 50 metres out, he’ll easily clear the goal line.

“By his own admission Lachie had a slower start to the season, but he finished really strongly and deserved his selection in the Team of the Year XXII,” says coach Klembe.

“Lachie is a talented footballer, but as importantly off the field he’s an even better bloke. He will be right up amongst the leaders in our best and fairest count.”

For the Magpies, who finished sixth on the Premier Division ladder, with four wins and 12 losses, Tiziani was a pivotal performer, especially in the second half of the campaign.

He played 14 games in the 2023 season, being named in the Magpies’ best players on 10 occasions, along with kicking 26 goals. He was selected in the “Team of the Year” on a half forward flank.

On three occasions during the season, Tiziani enjoyed four goal hauls, against the Eagles in round six, after the final two games of the season against UTS Bats and the North Shore Bombers.

This is Tiziano’s second season with the Inner West Magpies. He played 15 games in the black and white jumper in 2022, kicking 30 goals in a similar role.

A decade ago he was playing for the North Bulldogs, and then moved across to the Murray Bushrangers in the Coates Talent League (Under-18s) competition.

The 189cm Tiziani was a member of the Giants Academy and played four NEAFL games with UWS in 2015 in the NEAFL.

Tiziani turned heads with a ‘15 AFL Draft Combine-high running vertical leap of 97cm, just five centimeters shy of the all-time record at the time held by Nic Naitanui.

He would have to wait 12 months to be drafted, collected by the Greater Western Sydney Giants, who selected the 19-year old Academy product with pick 54 in the 2016 AFL Draft.

Fellow North Broken Hill talent Harrison Cumming was secured in the same draft at pick number 20.

Lachie is the son of former North Broken Hill champion Tony Tiziani and his wife, Ange.

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