15 April 1979
Despite having an injury interrupted junior career, the Brisbane Lions used their draft compensatory priority selection (number three overall) to select Rory Hilton – an outstanding junior midfielder with the Wodonga Raiders and Murray Bushrangers.
A frustrating beginning to Rory’s AFL career saw the youngster struck down with a serious knee injury, which prevented him from debuting until 1998. After a relatively successful year he requested to be traded back to Victoria , and Richmond quickly flagged their enthusiasm.
2001 was Rory’s most consistent year thus far, in which he managed 22 games and proved vital to Richmond ’s finals campaign. A tough, courageous player, he has proved that when injury free, he is a valuable asset to the Tigers. Shoulder and knee injuries curtailed his 2003 and 2004 seasons; however his commitment and ability to overcome adversity will set the tone for a new breed of Tigers.
Rory has ended his courageous but injury riddled career at the end of 2005. Finishing on 91 games, he is an unfortunate example of ability, hard work and discipline tragically going to waste due to injury. Good luck with your new ventures in life Rory!