Anterior cruciate ligament
The anterior cruciate ligament is one of a pair of cruciate ligaments in the human knee. The two ligaments are called cruciform ligaments, as they are arranged in a crossed formation. In the quadruped stifle joint, based on its anatomical position, it is referred to as the cranial cruciate ligament; the term cruciate translates to cross. This name is fitting because the ACL crosses the posterior cruciate ligament to form an “X”, it assists in controlling excessive motion. This is done by limiting mobility of the joint; the anterior cruciate ligament is one of the four main ligaments of the knee, providing 85% of the restraining force to anterior tibial displacement at 30 degrees and 90 degrees of knee flexion. The ACL is the most injured ligament of the four located in the knee; the ACL originates from deep within the notch of the distal femur. Its proximal fibers fan out along the medial wall of the lateral femoral condyle. There are two bundles of the ACL: the anteromedial and the posterolateral, named according to where the bundles insert into the tibial plateau.
The tibia plateau is a critical weight-bearing region on the upper extremity of the tibia. The ACL attaches in front of the intercondyloid eminence of the tibia, where it blends with the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus; the purpose of the ACL is to resist the motions of anterior tibial translation and internal tibial rotation. This function prevents anterior tibial subluxation of the lateral and medial tibiofemoral joints, important for the pivot-shift phenomena; the ACL has been proven to have mechanoreceptors that detect changes in direction of movement, position of the knee joint, changes in acceleration and tension. A key factor in instability after ACL injuries is having altered neuromuscular function secondary to diminished somatosensory information. For athletes who participate in sports involving cutting and rapid deceleration it is important for the knee to be stable in terminal extension, the screw-home mechanism. An ACL tear is one of the most common knee injuries, with over 100,000 tears occurring annually in the US.
Most ACL tears are a result of a non-contact mechanism such as a sudden change in a direction causing the knee to rotate inward. As the knee rotates inward additional strain is placed on the ACL, since the femur and tibia, which are the two bones that articulate together forming the knee joint, move in opposite directions causing the ACL to tear. Most athletes will require reconstructive surgery on the ACL, in which the torn or ruptured ACL is removed and replaced with a piece of tendon or ligament tissue from the patient or from a donor. Conservative treatment has poor outcomes in ACL injury since the ACL is unable to form a fibrous clot as it receives most of its nutrients from the synovial fluid which washes away the reparative cells making it difficult for new fibrous tissue to form; the two most common sources for tissue are the hamstrings tendon. The patellar ligament is used, since bone plugs on each end of the graft are extracted which helps integrate the graft into the bone tunnels, during reconstruction.
The surgery is arthroscopic, meaning. The camera sends video to a large monitor. In the event of an autograft, the surgeon will make a larger cut to get the needed tissue. In the event of an allograft, in which material is donated, this is not necessary since no tissue is taken directly from the patient's own body; the surgeon will drill a hole forming the tibial bone tunnel and femoral bone tunnel, allowing for the patient's new ACL graft to be guided through. Once the graft is pulled through the bone tunnels, two screws are placed into the tibial and femoral bone tunnel. Recovery time ranges between one and two years or longer, depending if the patient chose an autograft or allograft. A week or so after the occurrence of the injury, the athlete is deceived by the fact that he/she is walking and not feeling much pain; this is dangerous as some athletes start resuming some of their activities such as jogging which, with a wrong move or twist, could damage the bones as the graft has not become integrated into the bone tunnels.
It is important for the injured athlete to understand the significance of each step of an ACL injury to avoid complications and ensure a proper recovery. ACL reconstruction is the most common treatment for an ACL tear, however it is not the only treatment available for individuals; some individuals may find it more beneficial to complete a non-operative rehab program. Both individuals who are going to continue with physical activity that involves cutting and pivoting, individuals who are no longer participating in those specific activities are candidates for the non-operative route. A study was completed comparing operative and non-operative approaches to ACL tears and there were few differences noted by both surgical and nonsurgical groups. However, there was no significant differences in regard to knee function or muscle strength reported by the patient; the main goals to achieve during rehabilitation of an ACL tear is to regain sufficient functional stability, maximize full muscle strength, decrease risk of re-injury.
There are three phases involved in non-operative treatment. These phases include the Acute Phase, the Neuromuscular Training Phase, the Return to Sport Phase. During the acute phase, the rehab is focusing on the acute symptoms that occur right after the injury and is causing an impairment; the use
1999 AFL Rising Star
The Norwich AFL Rising Star award is given annually to a stand out young player in the Australian Football League. The 1999 medal was won by Sydney player Adam Goodes; every round, an Australian Football League rising star nomination is given to a stand out young player. To be eligible for the award, a player must be under 21 on January 1 of that year, have played 10 or fewer senior games and not been suspended during the season. At the end of the year, one of the 22 nominees is the winner of award
North Melbourne Football Club
The North Melbourne Football Club, nicknamed the Kangaroos or less formally the Roos, the Kangas or North, is the fourth oldest Australian rules football club in the Australian Football League and is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Australia and the world. It is based at the Arden Street Oval in the inner Melbourne suburb of North Melbourne, but plays its home matches at the nearby Docklands Stadium; the club's mascot is a grey kangaroo, its use dates from the middle of the 20th century. The club is unofficially known as "The Shinboners", a term which dates back to its 19th-century abattoir-worker origins; the club's motto is Victoria amat curam, Latin for "Victory Demands Dedication". In two aspects North Melbourne stands second to none. One is the loyalty of its supporters; the other is the determination to carry on, despite its disadvantages. In the face of adversity, which might well have broken the spirit of most men, we find that from the earliest days there were always enthusiasts to fight for North Melbourne.
North Melbourne Football Club originated in the year 1869, when a football team was formed for local cricketers desiring to keep fit over the winter months. One thought is that the club was connected to the St Mary's Church of England Cricket Club, now the St Mary's Anglican Church North Melbourne, whose colours – blue and white – are reflected in the North Melbourne's colours today; the association between the St Mary's Church of England Cricket Club and the establishment of the North Melbourne Football Club is believed to have been an informal gathering to play some competitive sport. Information on the club's first match is limited, but it is known that it took place in Royal Park, which served as the club's home ground until 1882; the ball used in the match was purchased by a local resident called Tom Jacks, who sold some roofing iron to pay for it. James Henry Gardiner is considered the founder of the club, he continued an active role with North Melbourne until his death in 1921. Regular premiership matches of Australian Football commenced in Victoria in 1870.
Although North Melbourne was a part of this, it was classed as a "junior club". The Australasian noted them as being "one of the best of many junior clubs"; the club continued graduating to senior ranks in 1874 finishing 4th. Along with the promotion, the club adopted its first uniform of white horizontal stripes. In 1876 North Melbourne disbanded and many of its player and members joined Albert-park, giving the club such a strong North Melbourne character that many described it as "Albert-park cum North Melbourne". In 1877, the club was re-established as a stand-alone club under the new name of "Hotham". Football took a giant step forward in 1877, with the formation of Victoria's first colonial football league, the VFA. Hotham were prime movers in establishing this league and were afforded a place in light of their previous contributions to Australian Football; the 1880s marked the emergence of the modern identity today. In 1882, the club amalgamated with the Hotham Cricket Club and moved into the North Melbourne Recreation Reserve, which remains the home of the club today.
The joint venture was aimed at affecting improvements at the Hotham Cricket Ground, the name of the Reserve at the time. Four years the club adopted the traditional uniform of blue and white vertical stripes at the insistence of the VFA, who wanted a visible contrast between Geelong's and Hotham's uniforms; the third significant development occurred in 1888 with the club returning to its original name of the North Melbourne Football Club. This followed the name of the local area reverting from Hotham to North Melbourne; the 1880s saw the club develop a penchant for inter-colonial travel with trips to Tasmania and South Australia. Hotham found itself well represented at the first inter-colonial representative game in 1879 with four players from the club gaining selection for Victoria; the VFA grew to 13 senior clubs in the 1890s. Led by Geelong and Essendon, the largest clubs of the VFA formed their own break away league, the Victorian Football League, in 1896. Despite finishing 6th in 1896, North Melbourne was not invited to the breakaway competition.
The main reasons for being excluded were: North had not won a premiership yet, thus was not considered a powerful club The industrialisation of the locality had drained the club's income streams The club had a strong reputation for hooliganism from their fans There was a lot of bad blood between Collingwood and North following a torrid engagement in the previous season Essendon felt threatened by the proximity of North Melbourne A court case against the North Melbourne Cricket Club had damaged the Football Club's statusNorth continued on in the depleted VFA, emerging as a powerhouse, finishing 2nd in 1897, 1898 and 1899. In 1903, after 34 years of competing, the club won its first premiership, defeating Richmond in the final; the club became back to back premiers in 1904 after Richmond forfeited the grand final due to the appointment of an umpire whose performance when the two teams met earlier in the year was criticised by Richmond players and officials. North merged with fellow VFA football club West Melbourne in 1907, which at the time had lost its home ground.
The joint venture saw a chance of promotion, the club applied for admission to the more prestigious VFL in 1908, but Richmond and University were admitted instead. North was kicked out of the VFA during the 1907/08 offseason as a result of applying to join the VFL, before the local community reestablished the North Melbourne Football Club under a new committee enabling the club to play in the VFA in the 1908 season; the reformation of the Club necessitated a
Gary Ablett Jr.
Gary Ablett Jr. is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League. The eldest son of Australian Football Hall of Fame member and former Geelong player Gary Ablett Sr. Ablett was drafted to Geelong under the father–son rule in the 2001 AFL draft, he made his debut in 2002 and has since become recognised as one of the all-time great VFL/AFL midfielders. Regarded by many as the greatest player of the modern era, Ablett is a dual premiership player, a dual NAB Cup winner, a dual Brownlow Medallist, a record five-time recipient of the Leigh Matthews Trophy as the AFL Players Association's Most Valuable Player, a three-time recipient of the AFL Coaches Association'Champion Player of the Year' award, an eight-time All-Australian. Following his departure from Geelong, Ablett was a two-time Carji Greeves Medallist, a recipient of the club leading goalkicker award, a life member of the club, had been inducted into the club's Hall of Fame.
Ablett became the inaugural captain of the Gold Coast Football Club in 2011, held the role until the end of the 2016 season. He is a four-time winner of the Gold Coast Suns Club Champion award, receiving the first three editions of the award and again in 2017, he won the club's first and only Brownlow Medal in 2013. Since 2014, Ablett has suffered a number of setbacks through injury. Despite this, Ablett played his 300th career game during the 2017 season. Gary Ablett Jr was born to Sue Ablett in the country town of Modewarre, Victoria; as the eldest boy among three other siblings, Ablett's childhood coincided with the peak of his father's footballing career. Along with his brother Nathan, Ablett would attend his father's training sessions and weekly games. Geelong players regarded them as "barefooted pests in the rooms", would engage in kick-to-kick sessions with both of the boys, he attended Christian College Geelong during his schooling years. Ablett played junior football with the Modewarre Football Club until he was chosen to play for the Geelong Falcons in the Under 18 TAC Cup competition in 2000.
Ablett's selection was met with controversy, as some families of other prospective junior players felt Ablett was chosen on the basis of his famous family heritage rather than footballing merit. However, the Falcons' football manager Mick Turner dismissed speculation. Nonetheless, as the son of a popular and famous football player from Geelong, Ablett attracted a large following at junior level. Although he was still a bottom-aged player, Ablett received mid-year State honours for Victoria Country during the 2001 National Championships. After spending one year in the TAC Cup, Ablett entered his name into the 2001 AFL Draft at the conclusion of the 2001 season. Ablett was drafted by the Geelong Football Club with their fifth selection, was the fortieth overall draft pick in the 2001 AFL Draft under the father–son rule. Ablett made his senior debut for the club in the opening round of the 2002 AFL season, where he gathered 8 disposals and took 4 marks. Ablett made twelve senior appearances in total during the season, before spending the latter half of the year with the reserves team.
Playing as a small forward, he helped the club's reserves team win the 2002 VFL premiership against the Port Melbourne Football Club. After achieving premiership success with the reserves team in the previous year, Ablett established his position in the senior side the following season. Ablett alternated as a small forward and midfielder, scoring 26 goals and appearing in all of Geelong's senior fixtures during the 2003 AFL season. Ablett finished the year ranked first at the club for tackles and inside 50s, as well as second for hard-ball gets. Following another season without participation in the finals series and his teammates began their 2004 campaign with an appearance in the pre-season competition final against St Kilda. During the home-and-away period, Ablett helped the Cats compile a 15–7 win-loss record to qualify for their first finals series in four years. Geelong progressed through to the preliminary finals, before losing to Brisbane for a spot in the 2004 AFL Grand Final. Ablett made 21 appearances in total over the course of the season, kicked a career-high 35 goals.
He once again finished the year ranked first within the club for total tackles, was awarded the club's Best Team and Most Constructive Player award at the end of the season. The following year, Geelong again qualified for the finals series after finishing the home-and-away campaign with a 12–10 win-loss record, they progressed through to the semi-finals. Ablett's consistency, reflected with his appearance in all senior games during the year and team-high 86 tackles, was rewarded with a third-place finishing in the club best and fairest award. After consecutive appearances in the finals series and Geelong were expected to challenge for the premiership once again in 2006; the club's 2006 campaign began when they captured the pre-season NAB Cup, winning their first pre-season premiership since 1961. During the season, Ablett kicked a career-high six goals against Fremantle in round twelve, before making his 100th senior appearance for the club in round twenty-two against Hawthorn. However, the Cats only managed to win 10 games throughout the season and did not qualify for the finals series.
Ablett finished the season with 35 goals to win the club's leading goal kicker award and once again place third for the Carji Greeves Medal as the club's best and fairest player. After playing his first five seasons as a small forward who pushed up the ground, Ablett made a permanent move to the midfield in 2007, he helped the Cats finish the home-a
Robert Harvey (footballer)
Robert Jeffrey Harvey is a former Australian rules football player for the St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League. He is serving as the senior assistant coach and the midfield coach of the Collingwood Football Club, having joined Collingwood at the end of the 2011 season as an assistant coach. Harvey was recognized as one of the top 50 players of all time in The Australian Game of Football, a book commissioned by the AFL in 2008 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Australian rules football; the list was compiled by Herald Sun journalist Mike Sheahan. Harvey was known for his running ability and considered one of the best short passes of 15 to 30 meters in the history of the game, he holds St. Kilda's record for most career games. At his retirement, at the end of the 2008 AFL season, he had played the third-highest total career games in league history with 383 games. Robert Harvey ranks fifth in games played, Harvey was the final active player from the VFL era of the league to retire Harvey won numerous individual awards and medals during his playing career.
He won consecutive Brownlow Medals, the league's highest individual honor, in 1997 and 1998. He won St Kilda's best and fairest award – now called the Trevor Barker Award – in 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1998, he was selected in the All-Australian team eight times, with his first All-Australian award being in 1992 and his last in 2003. He won three E. J. Whitten Medals, awarded to the player judged best player on the ground for Victoria in State of Origin matches. In 2012 he was inducted in the Australian Football Hall of Fame. On 24 September 2013, Harvey was named the AFL’s Assistant Coach of the Year at the AFL Coaches Association Harvey is the grandson of former Australian test cricketer Merv Harvey and grandnephew of Neil Harvey, Australia's leading run-scorer and century-maker behind Don Bradman, his younger brother, Anthony Harvey, played four games for St Kilda in 1994 before captaining Norwood to the 1997 SANFL premiership. Harvey was recruited from St Kilda's VCFL zone, from Seaford and played his first senior game for St Kilda on 6 August 1988 against Footscray at the Western Oval in Round 19 of the 1988 VFL season.
Harvey played in the 1991 St Kilda team that qualified for the finals series for the first time since 1973. He was pa vital player in St Kilda team that qualified for that year's final series and had the club's first finals' win since 1973, he won St Kilda's 1992 award for the best and fairest player and was selected in the Australian Team for the first time. In 1994 he played his 100th premiership season match against North Melbourne in Round 2, he won his second St Kilda best and fairest award and was selected in the All-Australian Team for a second time. In 1995 he was again selected in the All-Australian Team for a third selection. Harvey played in St Kilda’s 1996 Ansett Australia Cup winning side, the club's first pre-season cup win, he was selected for the fourth time in the All-Australian Team. Harvey played in 22 of 22 matches in the 1997 AFL Premiership Season home and away rounds in which St Kilda Football Club qualified in first position for the 1997 AFL Finals Series, winning the club’s second Minor Premiership and first McClelland Trophy.
St Kilda qualified for the 1997 AFL Grand Final after preliminary finals wins. He played in the 1997 AFL Grand Final. Harvey gained 756 disposals in 1997 which, at the time, was the highest single-season tally on record – an average of 30 possessions per game, he was recognised for his excellent season with numerous awards. He again won St Kilda's best and fairest award and was selected again in the 1997 All-Australian Team – his fifth All-Australian award, he won the 1997 AFL Players Association Most Valuable Player Award and the league's highest individual award the Brownlow Medal. Chris Grant gained the most votes however, he was ineligible to win the award due to a one-match suspension for striking Hawthorn's Nick Holland. Harvey played in the St Kilda Football Club side, he played his 200th premiership season match against West Coast in Round 21 at Waverley Park. St Kilda was eliminated from the 1998 Finals Series after two consecutive Final Series losses. Harvey gained 501 kicks in 1998, he again won the league's highest individual award the Brownlow Medal for the second consecutive season.
As of 2018, Harvey is the last man to win two consecutive Brownlow Medals. He won the Trevor Barker Award for St Kilda's best and fairest player for a consecutive year – his fourth best and fairest award, he was again selected in the year's All-Australian Team, his sixth All-Australian award. Harvey was selected in the 1999 All-Australian Team – the 6th consecutive year he received an All-Australian selection and his 7th career All-Australian Award. Harvey was Captain of the St Kilda Football Club during the 2002 AFL Premiership Seasons, he was selected in the 2003 All-Australian Team his eighth All-Australian award. He was named in St Kilda's Team of the Century in 2003. Harvey played in St Kilda’s 2004 Wizard Home Loans Cup final winning side – the club's second pre-season cup win, he was awarded the Michael Tuck Medal. St Kilda won a club record 10 consecutive matches in the fi
St Kilda Football Club
The St Kilda Football Club, nicknamed the Saints, is an Australian rules football club based in Melbourne, Australia. The club plays in the sport's premier league; the club's name originates from its original home base in the bayside Melbourne suburb of St Kilda in which the club was established in 1873. The club has strong links to the south-eastern suburb of Moorabbin, where it was based between 1965 and 2010. St Kilda were a foundation team of the Victorian Football Association in 1877 and in 1897, became a foundation team in the Victorian Football League, the basis of an evolved National Football league that took on a number of clubs from other states of Australia; the primary focus of this was to enhance the game and throw off the parochial and localised nature of suburban club Football that the VFL represented. The decision was made to begin the new decade with a fresh non Suburban competition and it was duly named the Australian Football League prior to the start of the 1990 season. Collingwood were the inaugural winners of a National competition Premiership, an enormous achievement for a club with a strong history in Melbourne suburban football.
St Kilda have won a single premiership to a famous one-point win in the 1966 VFL Grand Final. St Kilda most won the minor premiership in the 2009 AFL season and were grand finalists in 2009 and 2010. St Kilda developed a reputation as perennial underachievers, much of this attributed to their record of finishing last more than any other club in the league, as well as having the second lowest all-time win percentage of any team still playing in the league; the St Kilda Football Club was formed on 2 April 1873, containing many elements of the previous South Yarra Football Club which had disbanded a year earlier. Soon after a decision was made to amalgamate St Kilda FC with nearby Prahran Football Club. St Kilda retained their colours and ground, as well as picking up a number of Prahran players. St Kilda competed as a senior club in the VFA from 1877 to 1879, 1881–1882 and 1886–1896 before moving into the breakaway competition – The Victorian Football League – from 1897 onwards. St Kilda were one of the eight clubs that took part in the inaugural VFL season in 1897.
They made their debut in an away game against Collingwood on 8 May 1897, which they lost 2.4. to 5.11.. The club's home ground in the new league was the Junction Oval in the suburb of St Kilda in Melbourne and the club's first home game was against Fitzroy; the score was St Kilda 3.8. to 10.6.. St Kilda's early years in the VFL were not successful and, in 1899, they had the lowest score recorded in a VFL/AFL match, one point against Geelong. In 1902, Charlie Baker became the first St Kilda player to be the league's leading goalkicker in a home and away season with 30 goals. Six successive wins at the start of the 1907 season saw St Kilda make the finals for the first time, qualifying third with nine wins and eight losses. St Kilda were beaten by Carlton in their first VFL final by 56 points, they qualified in third position again in 1908 and were once again eliminated by Carlton in the semi-finals, this time by 58 points. The 1913 season saw major improvement in which the team qualified fourth, but were beaten in the 1913 grand final by Fitzroy.
At the time a challenge system was in place, which allowed the team that qualified in first position as minor premiers to challenge any team that won through to be the top ranked team in the finals series if it was not the minor premiers. St Kilda won its semi-final against South Melbourne and defeated Fitzroy two weeks 10.10. to 6.9. in what was a match between the two teams that won the semi-finals. Fitzroy as minor premiers were allowed to challenge St Kilda – the number one ranked team in the finals series at that point – and the two teams played again the following week in the grand final which Fitzroy won 7.14. to 5.13.. Due to World War I the St Kilda Football Club was in recess in 1916 and 1917 but resumed in 1918 and fared well, making the finals in fourth position but were eliminated by Collingwood in a semi final by nine points, 58 to 49. Colin Watson became the first St Kilda player to win the league's highest individual award, the Brownlow Medal; the following years saw St Kilda establish itself as a more competitive club.
They made the finals in 1929 and were eliminated once again by Carlton, 12.9 to 11.7 in the semi-finals. In 1936, Bill Mohr became the second St Kilda player to be the league's leading goalkicker in a home and away season. Bill Mohr kicked 101 goals in 1936 and was the first St Kilda player to kick 100 goals or more in a season; the mid-1930s saw the club vying for finals berths making it in 1939 by qualifying fourth after a record run of eight consecutive victories and an overall record of 13 wins and five losses. The team had its first finals win since 1913, against Richmond, but were eliminated in the 1939 finals series by Collingwood in the preliminary final. St Kilda won three of the first four games early in the 1940 season and were on top of the ladder after Round 4 before finishing second last. Although there were some prominent players like Harold Bray, Keith Drinan, Peter Bennett and Neil Roberts, St Kilda were competitive in the 1940s; the 1950 season saw St Kilda win the first five games before fading to finish with eight wins and a draw in ninth place.
In 1955, after one of the club's worst seasons, Alan Killigrew was appointed coach. His first action was one of the largest clean-outs of players in the history of any VFL club, it is believed that only 17 players from 1955 played for St Kilda again in 1956, with 11 new
Nick Dal Santo
Nick Dal Santo is a former Australian rules footballer who played for St Kilda and North Melbourne in the Australian Football League. Dal Santo was drafted by St Kilda with the thirteenth selection in the 2001 AFL Draft, obtained by St Kilda as part of the trade deal which sent Barry Hall to Sydney, he played his first game in St Kilda's win over Melbourne at Colonial Stadium in the 2002 Wizard Home Loans Cup. He made his AFL debut that season against the Geelong Football Club and managed 18 matches in 2002 in what was a poor season for the club. Dal Santo could not break into an improving St Kilda side in early 2003, but when he did in Round 15 he did not look back, playing every match for the rest of the season and establishing himself as a skillful and creative young midfielder. Dal Santo played in St Kilda’s 2004 Wizard Home Loans Cup winning side – St Kilda's second AFL Cup win. Former Essendon Football Club coach Kevin Sheedy, during the 2005 season, likened Dal Santo to triple-Brownlow Medallist Ian Stewart for his exceptional skill and courage.
In that same year, former Hawthorn champion Gary Ayres said this of Dal Santo in an interview: "He's got a high skill level on both sides of his body. He's a good reader of the play, he's got football smarts which are hard to teach and the thing he does well is he's got that ability to be composed when he uses the ball, he doesn't seem to get too flustered or rushes it, that's a pretty special quality to be able to have when you play elite football because a lot of players can get the ball but do they make the right decision?" Dal Santo came of age as a footballer during the 2004 season, playing every match and kicking 11 goals in a St Kilda side that made a Preliminary Final. In 2005 he took his game to a new level, racking up over 500 disposals for the year and finishing a close third in the 2005 Brownlow Medal, behind eventual winner Ben Cousins. Dal Santo was recognised for his excellent season with selection in the 2005 All-Australian Team as a midfield player, his first career All-Australian Team award.
Early in the 2006 season St Kilda lost star midfielder Lenny Hayes to a knee ligament problem and the captain, Luke Ball, was struggling with injury. In Hayes' absence Dal Santo began to cop a heavy tag from opposition teams each week and this lessened his impact on the game, he still performed for the year and continued to be one of St Kilda's best players. In 2007, under new coach Ross Lyon, Dal Santo played some match-winning football, notching up 16 Brownlow votes for the year, he played his 100th consecutive game in Round 20 of 2007, which meant that he had not missed a game since mid-2003. He finished the year with a fourth-place finish in the club's best and fairest, the Trevor Barker Award. Dal Santo played in St Kilda's 2008 NAB Cup winning side, the club's third pre-season cup win. Dal Santo was dropped in Round 13 of the 2008 season due to lack of form; the temporary demotion spurred Dal Santo on to a good finish to the season – picking up 530 possessions, 12 goals and 75 tackles. Although his form was down on that of previous seasons, he picked up Brownlow Medal votes in two games and played a major part in St Kilda's semifinal victory over Collingwood, with 32 possessions, five tackles and one goal.
Dal Santo was a member of St Kilda's leadership group in 2009 and was contracted to the club until the end of the 2010 season. He was awarded All-Australian selection for the second time in his career in 2009, a recognition of his strong season. Dal Santo played in 21 of 22 matches in the 2009 AFL Season home and away rounds in which St Kilda qualified in first position for the 2009 AFL Finals Series, winning the club’s third minor premiership. Dal Santo was recognised for his excellent season with selection in the 2009 All-Australian Team as an interchange player, his second career All-Australian Team award. St Kilda qualified for the 2009 AFL Grand Final after preliminary finals wins. Dal Santo played in the grand final. Dal Santo played 25 games in 2010, including four final matches, averaged 25.6 possessions. In the 2011 season Dal Santo came second for the Brownlow Medal with a poll of 28 votes, after averaging 26.5 disposals per round during the premiership season. He was again included in the All Australian Team on the interchange bench.
He came a close second in St Kilda's best and fairest award which recognised his consistency and leadership in the absence of Lenny Hayes. As of the end of the 2011 season, Dal Santo had played in 17 finals matches, including three grand finals. In the 2013 season St Kilda won just five games and as he qualified as a free agent at the end of the season, Dal Santo was questioned about his playing future after 2013. In October 2013, Dal Santo left the Saints for North Melbourne as a restricted free agent after St Kilda declined to match North's three year deal. Dal Santo had an immediate effect in his first year at North Melbourne, playing every game of the season, including three finals matches. During the semi final against Geelong, he gained 603 metres, he was named as the'recruit of the year' by AFL Media. In August 2016, North Melbourne announced. After expressing interest in joining another club, he subsequently retired in November. Dal Santo's younger cousin is Marcus Bontempelli from the Western Bulldogs Team McClelland Trophy: 2009 Pre-Season Cup: 2004, 2008Individual All-Australian: 2005, 2009, 2011 Ian Stewart Medal: 2005 Australian Representative Honours in International Rules Football: 2004 Official website Nick Dal Santo's profile on the official webs