When Ignatius Vallejo ran
out on to the ground on Saturday 9/01/2016 against Wanderers in round 12 of the 2015/16 season He will became St Mary’s
and any NTFL Clubs longest serving player for the number of games played at one club.
He surpassed St Mary’s
“Golden Greek” Mick Athanasiou’s record of 314 games for one club which was held for 16 years and 285 days
when Mick played his last game for St Marys on the 20/03/1999 against Waratahs in the Grand Final of that year.
The records keep coming for
Iggy for when he ran out on Saturday 23/01/2016 against Buffaloes at Gardens Oval he passed Mick Athanasiou's NT record of
games (not club record) and became the first player to play 350 NT games.
His games tally to the end
of season 2015/16 now stands at 359 and needs only 5 games to break the overall NTFL club record of 328 games.
His totals are St Marys Games
Thunder Games 30
Representative Games 3
Mick Athanasiou's Totals are
St Marys Games 314
Representative Games 21
Iggy as he is commonly known
commenced his career in St Mary’s juniors where he played 28 U/18’s and 32 U/16’s games and kicked 38 and
He was an NT Primary Representative
in 1993 and Schoolboy Representative in 1996 and 1997 and was also Captain of the NT U/21 side in 2004
He was drafted as a rookie
by Carlton and played 11 Reserve grade games and kicked 5 goals in seasons 1999 - 2000
Iggy has also been a NTFL
representative at league level three times against Richmond in 1999, Western Bulldogs in 2004 and North Adelaide in 2005
He won St Marys best and fairest
in 2001/02 and 2008/09 and has played in nine St Marys premiership sides of 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10,
2012/13, 2013/14 and 2015/16
Iggy was also a member of
St Marys loosing Grand Final teams of 1997/98, 1998/99, 2005/06, 2010/11 and 2014/15. He took over from his brother Anthony
as captain of the league side in 2005/06
Like his brother Anthony,
Iggy is a player Life Member of St Marys after playing his 150th game in 2005/06 season. On February 14/02/2009
Iggy became St Marys 10th 200 game player and 13th player Life Member of the NTFL when he played his
200th game against Nightcliff.
On Saturday 11/02/2012 against
Palmerston Iggy played his 250th at Gardens Oval.
His current record stands
at 304 to the end of Season 2014/15. In 2014/15 he joined the Legend Mick Athanasiou as only the second St Marys player to
achieve this milestone when he lined up against Nightcliff in Rd 16 at Nightcliff on the 1/02/2015. (Besides Mick Athanasiou
328 only 2 other players have reached this milestone in NTFL history (Bill Feeney 305 and Mark Motlop 303).
Iggy has also joined an illustrious
band of 28 players to kick 100 goals for St Marys throughout their careers and
at present stands 10th for St Marys with his current tally on 173
Iggy also won the 2008/09
Nichols Medal when he defeated equal 2007/08 winner Warren Berto by 6 votes
Iggy was also given a further honour when in 2009 the NT Thunder side was formed He was made a Vice Captain
for the season. He played 30 games and kicked 14 goals with NT Thunder to end of his final season with them in 2011.
Iggy was also a member of the 2011 NT Thunder inaugural Premiership side that defeated Morningside in the NEAFL
and the Cross Conference side that defeated Ainslie.
He also played in two Foxtel Cup matches against Morningside and East Perth in 2011
Not only is Iggy a champion player but most of all he is a champion bloke.
Iggy is happily married to wife Debra who presented him with a son Cruz on the 23/11/2010 and a daughter named Lois on the
Iggy it has been a great enjoyment
watching you when I used to be a timekeeper when you played juniors and now to the present day, from all the Members and supporters
congratulations on a magnificent career……Rex
Note: Three players David Kantilla (Snr) 1971, William (Bill) Roe BEM 1973 and Clifford (Gympie) Lew Fatt 1985
(all deceased) are actually Honorary Life members of the NTFL as prior to 1986
no player was given Player Life membership of the NTFL taking St Marys combined
player (honorary and player) life members of the NTFL to 22.