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TER­RI­TORY pre­mier­ship hero Wil­lie Ri­oli has be­come the first Tiwi to bring an AFL Pre­mier­ship cup home back to his is­land home.

The star mid­fielder/for­ward for the West Coast Ea­gles yes­ter­day toured his home­lands with team­mate Liam Ryan and coach Adam Simp­son.

Ar­riv­ing to a rock star re­cep­tion to watch the NTFL pre­mier league game be­tween the Tiwi Bombers and St Mary’s, Ri­oli said he was lost for words to be able to share his in­cred­i­ble story with his peo­ple.

“It is pretty spe­cial be­ing the first Tiwi to bring the Cup to the is­lands,” he said.

“I’m lost for words. (It is) good for me to show the kids on the Tiwis some­thing like this is achiev­able.”

Ri­oli, pic­tured mid­dle, was even able to take the Cup home to his par­ents.

Simp­son said the Tiwi is­lan­ders held a spe­cial place in his heart.

“We were here last year and to be able to show the Tiwi peo­ple the Cup is re­ally good,” he said.


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