Peter Melesso

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Peter Melesso
Personal information
Full name Peter Melesso
Date of birth (1961-11-30) 30 November 1961 (age 59)
Original team(s) South Districts
Draft No. 108, 1988 national draft
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1981 South Melbourne 01 (0)
1983–1985 St Kilda 07 (0)
1989–1990 West Coast 06 (4)
Total 14 (4)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1990.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Peter Neil Melesso (born 30 November 1961) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with South Melbourne, St Kilda and the West Coast Eagles in the Victorian/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL).

A South Districts recruit, Melesso managed just one senior appearance for South Melbourne, which came in the final home and away round of the 1981 VFL season.[1] He played seven games in three seasons with St Kilda then ended up with Claremont in the WAFL, where he became a mainstay of a champion team under Gerard Neesham and three times[a] produced memorable kicks to save the Tigers from defeat.[2] The West Coast Eagles gave him another chance at VFL level when they selected him with the 108th pick of the 1988 VFL Draft.

Melesso, a key position player, was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer during the 1990 season and didn't play for the club again.[3]

In 2005, Melesso was called up as a witness in the manslaughter trial of Melbourne bouncer Zdravko Micevic. Melesso had been working in the bottle shop of the Beaconsfield Hotel in St Kilda where Micevic was accused of an assault which resulted in the death of cricketer David Hookes.[4]


a He kicked behinds after the siren to draw with Subiaco in 1987 and with Swan Districts in 1988 plus a goal after the siren to beat South Fremantle in 1987.


  1. ^ "Peter Melesso". AFL Tables.
  2. ^ Marsh, David; 'Melesso’s Rescue Cheers Neesham'; The West Australian, 27 June 1988, p. 115
  3. ^ "Peter Melesso Player Profile bio". West Coast Eagles Football Club.
  4. ^ The Age, "Final witnesses heard in Hookes case", 1 September 2005, Jesse Hogan
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