Season by Season
Due to injury, he did not play regularly, but when Silvagni was called upon he performed strongly, including an excellent Qualifying Final effort against Sydney’s Lance Franklin.
Silvagni was in and out of the team in 2013, but when he played he performed his role admirably. Had his season compromised by an ankle injury sustained in round 9 which he did not receive surgery on until the end of the season. He has signed on for the 2014 season, which shapes as a big one in his career.
2012 was a difficult season for Alex Silvagni, who managed just five appearances as Luke McPharlin and Zac Dawson were the preferred key defensive duo.
McPharlin’s round 23 hamstring injury opened the door for Silvagni to play finals, and he did a sterling job in the Elimination Final to hold Geelong power forward James Podsiadly goalless.
He battled manfully in the Semi Final, but weight of ball saw his opponent Taylor Walker boot a match-winning five goals.
Ross Lyon indicated during 2012 that Silvagni, who has one year left on his contract, is an integral part of the future of Freo’s defence, so look for him to get more opportunities in 2013.
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Silvagni’s performances in his nine games in 2011 were a bright spot in a disappointing season for Fremantle. After missing the first 13 rounds through illness, the key defender returned in round 14 and did a tremendous job on Brisbane Lions’ powerhouse forward Jonathon Brown after Luke McPharlin had gone down injured in the first half. Silvagni was solid as rock down back for the rest of the season. He also finished fifth at the club for contested marks (18) despite his limited games. The future of the club’s backline.
Another of Fremantle’s mature-age success stories, Silvagni played a major role in the club’s rise up the ladder. He was mainly used as a key defender and, considering Freo’s three other tall backmen, Luke McPharlin, Antoni Grover and Chris Tarrant all missed a significant number of games in 2010, Silvagni’s presence was crucial.