Berto "Robert" DiPierdomenico a retired Australian rules footballer who represented Hawthorn in the Australian Football League (AFL) from the 1970s to the 1990s. Popularly known by his nickname "Dipper", DiPierdomenico is one of the most successful Italian Australians to play Australian football, and his contribution to the game was recognized by selection in the VFL/AFL Italian Team of the Century.
Beginning his career with the Hawthorn Football Club in 1975, DiPierdomenico started playing 99 reserve-grade games as he flitted between first grade team and reserves football. He kick-started his career in 1978, culminating in a best-on-ground performance in the 1978 VFL Grand Final. He went on to play 240 games and kick 130 goals with the Hawks, retiring in 1991, including five day and five night premierships in one of the most successful eras of domination by an AFL/VFL club in the history of the game.
DiPierdomenico has long been known for big persona, including his always smiling and jovial personality. After he retired from AFL, he became a popular media personality, as a boundary rider with the Seven Network. Then moving to radio station 3AW to continue his tradition as a boundary-rider.
DiPierdomenico has also appeared on verious advertising campaigns and most famously, his long association with Dimmeys & Forges.
DiPierdomenico also made a cameo in TV series Neighbours in 1999, and he appeared on the Channel 9 weight-loss show Excess Baggage in 2012.
Dipper certainly had a big impact on the game of football.
Hear from Robert DiPierdomenico, as he tells the stories of his decorated career.