Eltham / Marcellin College / Northern Knights / Western Bulldogs
Marcus Bontempelli was drafted by the Western Bulldogs with the 4th selection in the 2013 AFL Draft. After playing a lot of his career floating across half back and pinch hitting forward, he dominated as a midfielder in the second half of the 2013 TAC CUP season – showing his cleanness and proficiency around the contest, and ability to finish with his damaging left foot.
Bontempelli debuted in Round Five, 2014 and by Round 13 he’d received a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination for a 22 disposal, one goal performance in the Bulldogs’ win over Collingwood. Bontempelli’s debut season was capt off by winning the AFLPA Best First Year Player award.
Since then Bontempelli has gone from strength to strength leading the Bulldogs midfield to their first AFL Premiership since 1954. In the same year Bontempelli went on to win the Bulldogs Best and Fairest and receive All-Australian honors as a 20 year old.
He added another club Best and Fairest in 2017, before producing a career best season in 2019 with his third Charles Sutton Medal, second All-Australian award, and the AFLCA Champion Player of the Year. He capped off 2019 with his side unanimously voting him in as captain for the 2020 campaign.