Casey Demons VFLWCasey Demons VFLWTall Utility


Jemma Rigoni

height: 172cm


D.O.B: 04-06-2004

Leagues: Vflw, Coates Talent League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships, AFLW U17 Championships

  • Snapshot
  • Analysis
  • Summary


Jemma Rigoni is the daughter of Melbourne 100-gamer Guy who was a key member of the Demons side at the turn of the century and went on to play in a three-peat of premierships for Sandringham Zebras. A very different player to her father, Rigoni is an explosive utility who has played as a tall forward, defender and wing, and though she is still raw, has outstanding upside for the future.


+ Explosive speed
+ Versatility
+ Size
+ Reading the play
+ Agility
+ Upside


- Kicking
- Composure


Rigoni has had her ups and downs over the past couple of seasons, showing promising signs in her bottom-age year back in 2021, returning after the pandemic to play 10 games. However disaster struck on preliminary final day. Rigoni tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), missed the grand final and her entire top-age season in 2022.

In 2023, she returned in a blaze of glory, quickly establishing herself as a key member of the Chargers' defence. Her offensive nature and determination to take the game on as often as possible caught the eye of Vic Metro selectors and AFLW clubs. She was named for the Under 23 All-Stars and then Metro where she played two of the three games, missing the middle one against South Australia due to a knee injury.

Luckily it would not keep her out for long, as she returned against Vic Country, then finished the year with the Chargers, this time completing the fairytale premiership success story having missed out two years prior. Perhaps most impressive was her last month and a half of the Talent League Girls season, where she did not dip below double-digit possessions playing largely off a wing.

Without a doubt, Rigoni's major asset is her explosive speed, which for a 173cm player, holds her in good stead. She will compete well in the air, then if she does not mark it, will recover well and explode away, with few opposition players able to easily take her down. Sometimes Rigoni's biggest challenge is the next step, with her kicking and composure with ball-in-hand areas that could further improve.

Her understanding of the game behind the play both as a defender and a winger holds up well, as she can find the spots to get into, or run up and look for the overlap handball receive. It is more when moving in transition herself, she can tend to rush her possessions going forward and either bomb the ball - after a running bounce goes astray - or pick a destination before assessing all the potential options.

Despite those areas that could still be tweaked, it is unlikely to hold her back at the top level, given her athleticism is outstanding. Both her speed and agility are as good as anyone else's and she finished equal fourth in Victoria at the Draft Combine with a Physical Performance Rating of 0.88. That rating combines the player's score on vertical jumps, 20m sprint and agility test, providing an overall score out of 100 (or one).

Along with her natural athleticism, Rigoni's versatility will also appeal to clubs, as she can slot in anywhere. Given she has had a relatively consistent season - bar the slight sidelines delay in July - Rigoni is one that all clubs will likely have somewhere on their board. They might see her as a running defender or wing, but will understand she is more of a long-term prospect who has the capability to be a very good player.


Jemma Rigoni is eligible as a father-daughter selection to the Dees, and is right in the mix as one of the top 30 players across the country. Given the need for athletic talls who can play on a range of opponents, one would think Melbourne would be keen. Adding another element to the story is the fact her father Guy spent two years on Hawthorn’s list without playing a game, which had he done so, would have made her eligible for two clubs. If nominated, expect her to cost the Demons’ first rounder which will be in the late teens or pushed back to 20 or 21 with the PSP compensation picks.

Reading the play


2023Casey Demons VFLW1721381100110445135.

Coates Talent League Girls

2020Oakleigh Chargers000000000000000000000
2021Oakleigh Chargers233255100033601022102.
2022Oakleigh Chargers41500040000014.
2023Oakleigh Chargers63581212500200018212106.35.812.

AFLW U18 Championships

2023Vic Metro Girls814223101250033024.

AFLW U17 Championships

2021Vic Metro U17s761330081140223.
Jemma Rigoni Articles
View All