Orazio Fantasia is classy player with elite leg speed, damaging skills by foot, and an innate scoring ability. Predominantly a forward, Fantasia has proven he can play all across the ground.
The descendent of Italian grandparents, Fantasia grew up in Adelaide representing Payneham Football Club, then Norwood in the SANFL.
A consistent performer in the Under 18 National Championships, Fantasia caught the eye with his speed, agility and goal sense. Fantasia made his SANFL League debut in 2013, and played in Norwood’s Premiership in just his 4th game.
He was drafted months after with pick 55 in the National Draft and 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 and 2019. Highlighting his leadership, he has also been the recipient of Essendon’s Best Club Person in 2016 and 2018.
At the end of the 2020 season, Fantasia returned home to South Australia to play with Port Adelaide.
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