Orazio Fantasia is classy player with elite leg speed, damaging skills by foot, and an innate scoring ability. While he predominantly plays forward, his pace allows him to also play through the midfield, breaking lines and creating damaging passages of play.
After winning a SANFL premiership with Norwood in 2013, he was drafted months after with pick 55 in the National Draft. Fantasia debuted in his first season at Essendon in the Round 20 match against Richmond at the MCG. His talent was acknowledged by the AFL receiving 2 Rising Star nominations in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 he continued his development and started to impact the scoreboard, booting 39 goals from 20 games. He was also awarded most improved player for Essendon and a place in the 2017 AFLPA 22under22 team.
Not only has Fantasia shined on the football field, he has also been recognised for his support and leadership around the club, becoming a part of the leadership group in 2018. Highlighting his leadership, he has also been awarded the 2016 Bruce Heymanson Best Team Player Award and 2018 Bruce Heymanson Best Clubman Award.