Cory Dell'Olio

Cory Dell'Olio (born 8 December 1989) is an Australian rules football player who last played for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League, before he was delisted at the end of the 2014 season. He was recruited with pick #29 in the 2011 Rookie Draft, having played as a small forward for the South Fremantle Football Club in the WAFL.[1]

Cory Dell'Olio
Personal information
Full name Cory Dell'Olio
Date of birth (1989-12-08) 8 December 1989
Original team(s) South Fremantle
Draft No. 29, 2012 Rookie Draft, Essendon
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 47
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2012–2014 Essendon 16 (16)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2014.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Prior to round 4 of the 2012 AFL season he was elevated to the senior list to replace Brent Prismall who was on the long-term injury list with an ACL injury.[2] He made his debut that weekend against Carlton, starting the game as the substitute player and replacing Michael Hurley in the third quarter.[3]

He was delisted by Essendon at the end of the 2014 season after only playing three games in 2013 and five in 2014.[4] He returned to South Fremantle the following year.

Dell'Olio, along with 33 other Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his team-mates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal,[5] but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in November 2016; as a result, he served approximately fourteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 WAFL season.[6]


  1. Saltau, Chloe (20 April 2012). "Dell'Olio hardens up for shot at big stage". The Age. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  2. Duffield, Mark (19 April 2012). "Injuries open door for Dell'Olio". The West Australian. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  3. Phelan, Jason (21 April 2012). "Bombers stun Blues in bruiser". AFL Media. Archived from the original on 22 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  4. "Essendon delists three more, finalises list changes". 29 October 2014.
  5. Twomey, Callum (31 March 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  6. Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016.

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