Paul Dimattina (born 22 November 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL). Dimattina is of Italian descent and the son of former Richmond rover Frank Dimattina.
|Date of birth||22 November 1974|
Round 18, 6 August 1995, Footscray|
vs. Carlton, at Optus Oval
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|1995–2003||Western Bulldogs||131 (56)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2003.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Dimattina played for Richmond at Under 19 level as a 16 year in 1991 and was drafted by them with the final selection in the 1991 AFL draft. He played reserves football for them in 1992, but never played an AFL game for Richmond. During 1993 and 1994 he played for Victorian Football Association (VFA) team Sandringham, as well as some games for the Carlton and Essendon reserves teams. Drafted by the Footscray Football Club (later Western Bulldogs) with the 26th selection in the 1995 Pre-season draft, Dimattina made his AFL debut late in the 1995 season. Dimattina was a high possession winner for the Bulldogs throughout his career. He played 131 games for the Bulldogs until he was delisted at the end of the 2003 season.
Post AFL career
In 2005, Dimattina moved to the Gold Coast, Queensland, where he played with the Southport Sharks. He scored six goals and best afield in the Queensland State League Grand Final before retiring from the Sharks and returning to Melbourne. Paul is very excited to be co-coaching with John Quin the U12 St Kilda City girls team in their Grand Final in August 26th 2018
Following his football career, Dimattina became involved in the hospitality industry. He and his family own and run the Dimattina's and Il Gambiro restaurants in Lygon Street, Carlton, Society Restaurant in Melbourne City, the Blue Train cafe at Southgate in Southbank, as well as two restaurants on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
- Power, Emily (29 October 2014). "Iconic Italian restaurant DiMattina's passed in".
- "Melbourne vs Richmond Team List". Football Record (Elimination Final): 22. 1991.
- Rielly, Stephen (30 October 2003). "Blues may move on Dimattina".
- "Sharks romp home in AFLQ Grand Final".
- "Fire at AFL star's restaurant". AAP. 20 August 2009.
- Paul Dimattina's playing statistics from AFL Tables