Brilliant St Mary’s footballer Benny Vigona was inducted into the 2019 AFLNT Hall of Fame after an outstanding playing career which included Northern Territory Football League (NTFL) and West Australian Football League (WAFL) premierships as well as NT and WA representation.
Hailing from Pularumpi on Melville Island, Vigona’s St Mary’s family history connections saw him join the club's Colts ranks via St John’s College.
An NT Schoolboy representative in the first 1974 NT Underage team, Vigona made his NTFL Premier League debut in 1975 before eventually playing 80 senior games and kicking 132 goals as a silky skilled half-forward.
He played in St Mary’s 1977/78 and 1983/84 premierships, winning the best on ground Chaney Medal in the 1978 match after kicking five goals.
The back-to-back Best and Fairest Ludwig Medal winner in 1976/77 and 1977/78, Vigona also won the leading goalkicker award in the Saints' premiership year of 1983/84 with 39 goals.
In 1977 Vigona joined WAFL club South Fremantle where he played 165 games and kicked 351 goals representing Western Australia four times under State of Origin rules; playing twice against both South Australia and Victoria. He was a South Fremantle premiership player in 1980 playing alongside fellow Garden Point born teammates, Basil Campbell and the late Maurice Rioli.
An Aboriginal All Stars representative against Essendon in 1985 Benny also played in the first Australia Day match where the NT defeated South Australian power club Glenelg.