Apollo Perelini

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
16-07-1969
N/A
03-06-1994
North Harbour
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
11-09-1994 v Workington Town
Wigan Warriors
2000- Sale RU
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1994-2000
193 (30)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
44
0
0
176

BIOGRAPHY



HERITAGE NO : 1054
Apollo Perelini by Dave Dooley:

This genial Samoan whose birth-date coincided with the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon certainly graced the Saints with some out of the world performances. Apollo was given the nickname `The Terminator` after exercising some bone-crunching tackles whilst playing international rugby union. His tough performances certainly caught the eye of the professional ranks and St Helens RFC in particular. Perelini was signed in the summer of 1994 and soon willingly embarked on his transformation to one of the greatest ever forwards to play at Knowsley Road. He came on as a substitute to make his debut against Workington Town at Derwent Park as the Saints prevailed by 30 points to 25. His starting debut came as a baptism of fire as the Saints faced up against Australia on November 1st., 1994. The 32 points to 14 loss was the club`s best performance against the tourists for many years. Apollo`s talents were evident from this outing even though he donned the number 13 jersey that day. He was very strong taking the ball forward, with a good pair of hands and, of course, a magnificent tackler. His dedication to fitness, healthy lifestyle and mature professional approach were the vital ingredients of a happy and successful career in rugby league.

At the commencement of the 1995/6 season, the Saints were building towards the Super league era at this time and Apollo was very much characteristic of a side that was assembled to attack the opposition. He had matured and his dedicated training had sculptured a superb physique with considerable speed for a forward. Although the side wasn`t winning any trophies their potential was there for all to see. The truncated centenary campaign of 1995/6 was very much a final training session for the full professional era. The measure of the quality of a St Helens side is how well it performs against its deadly rivals from Wigan. In the third game of the season Saints were thrashed by the Riversiders by 52 points to 20 at Knowsley Road. With the recruitment of Paul Newlove and the maturation of other personnel, by the end of the campaign Saints were running Wigan close in a tightly fought Regal Trophy Final, that saw Apollo have a storming game at prop. Earlier in the same competition he had scored a superb brace of tries in the 38 points to 26 win at Hull and followed that up with another superlative double in the 80 points to nil semi-final win over the Wire. Ten tries from 20 matches in that campaign indicated how much Apollo had matured in attack.

The 1996 season for Apollo was so successful and memorable that it would be easy to overlook his fantastic work-rate in both attack and defence. Nevertheless, Saints supporters would remember three golden moments for Apollo which were so pivotal in the success of that inaugural Super League season. Saints preparations for the Challenge Cup run under Shaun McRae went without a hitch apart. In the quarter final match at the Willows, Saints blew away the Salford challenge by b46 points to 26. A defining moments in the cup campaign came when Aopllo received the ball inside his own half. A powerful burst scattered the Reds defence as Apollo sped away from the hapless three-quarters to the amazement of live and armchair supporters alike. It was the nailing of a Wanted Poster on Super League Headquarters - that is the Saints were wanting trophies! The power of Apollo Perelini was then on hand to star in a feast of attacking rugby which saw Saints prevail by 40 points to 32 in one of the greatest Challenge Cup Finals of all time. The game ebbed and flowed dramatically up to the last few minutes when Apollo`s killer punch finally domesticated the gallant Bradford Bulls. After a roller coaster of a scintillating match, in which Saints had overcome a record 14 points deficit to lead by 34 points to 32 and the match very much in the balance, a typical crossfield run 15 metres from the Bradford line by captain Bobbie Goulding resulted in a reverse pass to the charging Samoan. Apollo was unstoppable as he brushed aside two desperate attempted tackles to dive over near to the posts. Who would ever forget Apollo`s prayer of thanks and praise after the score as his team-mates were overcome with joy. The honour of delivering such a critical and decisive was never more deserved in the history of the game.

So often such moments and accolades are captured by a last minute goal-kick or a winger squeezing out a try by the corner post. No one would have believed that another lightning would strike a prop forward twice in the same season. At the conclusion of the season Saints were faced with a tough programme of four away fixtures on the bounce prior to three home matches to round off the Championship. Saints at the time were one point ahead of deadly rivals Wigan. The pundits rightly reckoned that the Saints needed a clean sweep of victories to become Super League Champions. The first match featured another stunner from Apollo that he started from his own half with a block-bursting run; then fabulous support play saw Perelini on hand to receive a timely inside pass and score behind the posts. This effectively killed the game as Saints rattled up 54 points against the Bears with sore heads. The ultimate challenge however was the following week as all of Wigan were praying that Saints would come unstuck against the London Broncos. In a titanic struggle the lead changed hands several times as the Saints desperately tried to keep in the match as the Cockneys led by 28 points to 26 with the clock running down. Thirteen metres from the London try line Karle Hammond provided Apollo with a pass which he received in a stationary position. Perelini propelled himself through three tackles and was swamped by Broncos defenders as he crossed the line. With no vacant acreage beneath him to plant the ball conventionally, Apollo twisted onto his back and somehow grounded the ovoid over his shoulder. The video referee viewed the grounding for seemingly an eternity before awarding a touchdown. "Other players asked me if it was a try. Basically I knew it was a try. The boys knew I was honest and I gave an honest answer," remarked Apollo in an after match interview. For many this was the defining moment of the 1996 Championship winning campaign.

The 1997 season saw Apollo and the Saints return to Wembley for a repeat victory over the Bradford Bulls. Perelini had scored a crucial try in the fourth round match against Wigan when Saints had to play the majority of the match with just 12 men. By this time Apollo was entrenched in the Saints setup with consistently strong games in both attack and defence. This form was carried on through the next two campaigns and in 1999 Apollo was joint top of the Appearances chart alongside Kieron Cunningham. This stability helped the Saints weather a mid season blip in form to register over 1000 points in the league finishing the campaign in second place behind Bradford. Apollo`s power was in evidence in the play off victories over Leeds and Castleford as the Saints booked a date of destiny with the Bulls in the second Grand Final at Old Trafford. Perelini was a cornerstone of the side which resisted the Bradford advances and came back to overcome the rugged Bulls defence to snatch a victory by 8 points to 6 in the last stanza of the game.

Apollo`s last season was also to end in glory. His attacking prowess was still in evidence as demonstrated in the 50 points to 30 victory over Huddersfield Giants when Perelini helped himself to a notable brace of touchdowns. His fairy tale finale was in the 2000 Grand Final against the old enemy at Old Trafford. In a pulsating game Apollo ended his Saints’ career as a winner. His second Grand Final ring was collected after a dominant 29 point to 16 win over Wigan. In 193 appearances for the club, Apollo grabbed 44 tries (fifth on the all-time list for Saints props). He was a man and player who commanded immense respect from all who had the pleasure to play with him or even meet him!

Apollo was warmly welcomed back to the club in 2004 when he was appointed fitness conditioner. His presence greatly helped the team to bond well as a unit as well as maintain fitness through the campaign that included a fine Challenge Cup Final victory over Wigan in Cardiff.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1994~95 4 0 0 27
1995~9610 0 0 20
1996 12 0 0 27
19973 0 0 27
1998 4 0 0 25
19995 0 0 34
20006 0 0 34
TOTALS:44 0 0 194
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1995~962001
19960001
19972003
19980001
1999 0001
TOTALS:4007

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompVenueFTFTOTGDG
11th Sep 1994
W
14 Workington Town L A 30 25 VIEW
2nd Oct 1994
D
15 Oldham L A 18 18 VIEW
9th Oct 1994
W
15 Leeds L H 25 18 VIEW
16th Oct 1994
W
15 Bradford Northern L A 51 12 VIEW
1st Nov 1994
L
13 Australia Tour H 14 32 VIEW
8th Nov 1994
W
15 Doncaster L A 24 5 VIEW
13th Nov 1994
W
15 Halifax L H 18 14 VIEW
27th Nov 1994
L
10 Salford L A 12 39 VIEW
4th Dec 1994
W
10 Huddersfield RT2 A 52 11 VIEW
11th Dec 1994
W
10 Workington Town L H 48 10 VIEW
18th Dec 1994
D
10 Batley RT3 A 22 22 1 VIEW
20th Dec 1994
W
10 Batley RT3rep H 50 22 VIEW
26th Dec 1994
L
12 Wigan L H 25 32 VIEW
8th Jan 1995
L
10 Wigan RT4 A 22 24 VIEW
11th Jan 1995
L
10 Wakefield Trinity L A 0 15 VIEW
15th Jan 1995
W
10 Featherstone Rovers L H 26 20 1 VIEW
22nd Jan 1995
W
10 Hull L H 54 18 1 VIEW
5th Feb 1995
L
10 Sheffield Eagles L A 31 35 VIEW
17th Mar 1995
W
15 Bradford Northern L H 36 27 VIEW
22nd Mar 1995
W
10 Leeds L A 31 20 VIEW
26th Mar 1995
L
10 Featherstone Rovers L A 27 34 VIEW
2nd Apr 1995
W
10 Wakefield Trinity L H 56 14 VIEW
14th Apr 1995
L
10 Wigan L A 18 34 VIEW
17th Apr 1995
W
10 Widnes L H 54 22 VIEW
21st Apr 1995
W
8 Warrington L H 31 12 1 VIEW
7th May 1995
W
8 Halifax PT1 H 32 16 VIEW
14th May 1995
L
8 Leeds PTSF A 26 30 VIEW
6th Aug 1995
W
10 Hull* Fr Testimonial H 64 16 2 VIEW
20th Aug 1995
W
10 Bradford Bulls L H 55 10 1 VIEW
23rd Aug 1995
W
10 Oldham L A 44 18 1 VIEW
28th Aug 1995
L
10 Wigan L H 20 52 VIEW
3rd Sep 1995
L
8 Leeds L A 24 36 VIEW
13th Sep 1995
W
8 Sheffield Eagles L H 62 20 1 VIEW
17th Sep 1995
W
16 Castleford L H 35 18 1 VIEW
20th Sep 1995
L
10 Warrington L A 16 28 1 VIEW
1st Nov 1995
W
8 London Broncos L A 50 34 VIEW
17th Nov 1995
W
17 Bradford Bulls L A 32 18 VIEW
26th Nov 1995
W
12 Hull RT3 A 38 26 2 VIEW
29th Nov 1995
L
12 Sheffield Eagles L A 18 32 VIEW
3rd Dec 1995
W
12 Workington Town L H 58 10 VIEW
10th Dec 1995
W
8 Halifax RT4 H 46 18 1 VIEW
13th Dec 1995
W
8 Oldham L H 32 22 VIEW
20th Dec 1995
L
11 Castleford L A 18 26 VIEW
4th Jan 1996
W
10 Warrington RTSF H 80 0 2 VIEW
7th Jan 1996
W
8 Warrington L H 54 14 VIEW
13th Jan 1996
L
8 Wigan RTF N 16 25 VIEW
17th Jan 1996
W
8 London Broncos L H 48 18 VIEW
21st Jan 1996
L
8 Halifax L A 24 32 VIEW
4th Feb 1996
W
8 Castleford Tigers SCCC4 A 58 16 VIEW
11th Feb 1996
W
8 Rochdale Hornets SCCC5 A 58 20 VIEW
24th Feb 1996
W
8 Salford Reds SCCC6 A 46 26 1 VIEW
9th Mar 1996
W
8 Widnes SCCCSF N 24 14 VIEW
31st Mar 1996
W
8 Workington Town SL A 62 0 1 VIEW
5th Apr 1996
W
8 Wigan Warriors SL H 41 26 VIEW
8th Apr 1996
W
8 Leeds Rhinos SL A 46 24 VIEW
14th Apr 1996
W
8 Bradford Bulls SL H 26 20 1 VIEW
27th Apr 1996
W
8 Bradford Bulls SCCCF W 40 32 1 VIEW
5th May 1996
W
8 Oldham Bears SL H 66 18 1 VIEW
12th May 1996
W
8 London Broncos SL H 24 22 VIEW
17th May 1996
W
8 Warrington Wolves SL A 25 24 VIEW
27th May 1996
W
8 Castleford Tigers SL H 62 24 1 VIEW
2nd Jun 1996
W
8 Paris St.Germain SL H 52 10 VIEW
8th Jun 1996
W
8 Sheffield Eagles SL A 43 32 VIEW
21st Jun 1996
L
8 Wigan Warriors SL A 19 35 VIEW
30th Jun 1996
W
16 Leeds Rhinos SL H 42 16 1 VIEW
5th Jul 1996
L
16 Bradford Bulls SL A 22 50 VIEW
14th Jul 1996
W
8 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 58 20 VIEW
19th Jul 1996
W
8 Oldham Bears SL A 54 18 2 VIEW
27th Jul 1996
W
8 London Broncos SL A 32 28 2 VIEW
2nd Aug 1996
W
8 Castleford Tigers SL A 20 16 VIEW
10th Aug 1996
W
8 Paris St.Germain SL A 32 12 1 VIEW
18th Aug 1996
W
8 Sheffield Eagles SL H 68 2 VIEW
26th Aug 1996
W
8 Warrington Wolves SL H 66 14 VIEW
1st Sep 1996
W
8 London Broncos PTSF H 25 14 VIEW
8th Sep 1996
L
8 Wigan Warriors PTF N 14 44 VIEW
26th Dec 1996
L
8 Wigan* Fr Norweb Challenge A 22 32 VIEW
12th Jan 1997
W
8 Wigan* Fr Norweb Challenge H 44 12 2 VIEW
24th Jan 1997
L
8 Leeds Rhinos* Fr H 30 36 VIEW
8th Feb 1997
W
8 Wigan Warriors SCCC4 H 26 12 1 VIEW
23rd Feb 1997
W
8 Hull SCCC5 H 54 8 VIEW
9th Mar 1997
W
8 Keighley Cougars SCCC6 A 24 0 VIEW
16th Mar 1997
W
8 London Broncos SL A 28 24 VIEW
22nd Mar 1997
W
8 Salford Reds SCCCSF N 50 20 VIEW
28th Mar 1997
W
8 Wigan Warriors SL A 22 10 VIEW
31st Mar 1997
W
8 Sheffield Eagles SL H 32 12 VIEW
5th Apr 1997
W
8 Paris St.Germain SL A 44 6 VIEW
11th Apr 1997
L
8 Leeds Rhinos SL A 12 13 1 VIEW
15th Apr 1997
W
8 Salford Reds SL H 19 12 VIEW
27th Apr 1997
W
8 Castleford Tigers SL H 42 16 VIEW
3rd May 1997
W
8 Bradford Bulls SCCCF W 32 22 VIEW
11th May 1997
L
8 Bradford Bulls SL A 18 38 1 VIEW
16th May 1997
D
8 London Broncos SL H 22 22 VIEW
22nd May 1997
L
8 Salford Reds SL A 26 39 VIEW
26th May 1997
L
8 Wigan Warriors SL H 12 65 VIEW
6th Jun 1997
L
8 Auckland Warriors WCC H 14 42 VIEW
16th Jun 1997
L
11 Cronulla Sharks WCC H 8 48 VIEW
22nd Jun 1997
L
8 Penrith Panthers WCC H 30 50 VIEW
17th Aug 1997
L
15 Castleford Tigers SL A 16 35 VIEW
22nd Aug 1997
W
15 Warrington Wolves SL A 22 20 VIEW
25th Aug 1997
W
15 Leeds Rhinos SL H 25 18 VIEW
31st Aug 1997
W
14 Paris St.Germain SL H 26 14 VIEW
12th Sep 1997
W
11 Salford Reds PT H 26 12 VIEW
19th Sep 1997
W
11 Castleford Tigers PTSF H 32 18 VIEW
28th Sep 1997
L
11 Wigan Warriors PTF N 20 33 VIEW
4th Oct 1997
L
11 Brisbane Broncos WCCQF A 12 66 VIEW
26th Dec 1997
L
12 Wigan Warriors* Fr A 2 46 VIEW
25th Jan 1998
W
8 Swinton Lions* Fr H 50 28 VIEW
15th Feb 1998
W
15 Featherstone Rovers SCCC4 A 56 24 VIEW
1st Mar 1998
W
15 Warrington Wolves SCCC5 H 35 22 VIEW
15th Mar 1998
L
15 Wigan Warriors SCCC6 A 10 22 VIEW
10th May 1998
L
15 Bradford Bulls SL A 4 18 VIEW
17th May 1998
W
14 Hull Sharks SL H 28 18 VIEW
24th May 1998
L
14 Halifax Blue Sox SL A 10 16 VIEW
31st May 1998
L
12 Leeds Rhinos SL H 18 31 VIEW
7th Jun 1998
W
14 Castleford Tigers SL A 34 12 1 VIEW
14th Jun 1998
W
15 London Broncos SL H 58 6 VIEW
20th Jun 1998
L
10 Sheffield Eagles SL A 17 18 VIEW
28th Jun 1998
W
10 Salford Reds SL H 48 12 1 VIEW
5th Jul 1998
L
14 Wigan Warriors SL A 14 38 VIEW
26th Jul 1998
L
10 Wigan Warriors SL N 2 36 VIEW
2nd Aug 1998
W
8 Huddersfield Giants SL H 68 18 VIEW
9th Aug 1998
W
8 Warrington Wolves SL A 48 18 VIEW
16th Aug 1998
W
8 Bradford Bulls SL H 33 25 VIEW
23rd Aug 1998
W
8 Hull Sharks SL A 20 6 VIEW
30th Aug 1998
W
11 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 36 6 1 VIEW
4th Sep 1998
L
11 Leeds Rhinos SL A 18 37 VIEW
13th Sep 1998
D
10 Castleford Tigers SL H 32 32 VIEW
18th Sep 1998
W
11 London Broncos SL A 37 22 VIEW
25th Sep 1998
W
14 Sheffield Eagles SL H 50 0 VIEW
2nd Oct 1998
W
12 Bradford Bulls SLEPO H 46 24 VIEW
9th Oct 1998
W
12 Halifax Blue Sox SLESF A 37 30 VIEW
18th Oct 1998
L
12 Leeds Rhinos SLEF A 16 44 1 VIEW
14th Feb 1999
W
8 Hunslet Hawks SCCC4 A 40 10 VIEW
27th Feb 1999
L
11 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 A 16 24 VIEW
7th Mar 1999
W
11 Salford Reds SL A 30 12 VIEW
21st Mar 1999
W
11 Gateshead Thunder SL H 34 22 1 VIEW
2nd Apr 1999
W
11 Wigan Warriors SL A 14 12 VIEW
5th Apr 1999
W
11 Bradford Bulls SL H 58 14 VIEW
9th Apr 1999
W
11 London Broncos SL A 34 18 VIEW
18th Apr 1999
W
12 Sheffield Eagles SL H 39 30 1 VIEW
25th Apr 1999
W
12 Hull Sharks SL A 30 10 1 VIEW
4th May 1999
W
12 Leeds Rhinos SL H 62 18 VIEW
7th May 1999
W
12 Huddersfield Giants SL A 11 0 VIEW
14th May 1999
L
12 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL A 22 23 VIEW
19th May 1999
W
12 Castleford Tigers SL A 33 14 VIEW
23rd May 1999
W
12 Warrington Wolves SL H 57 20 VIEW
30th May 1999
W
12 Halifax Blue sox SL A 28 22 1 VIEW
6th Jun 1999
W
12 Salford Reds SL H 48 0 VIEW
13th Jun 1999
L
12 Gateshead Thunder SL A 20 32 VIEW
20th Jun 1999
L
12 Wigan Warriors SL H 18 24 VIEW
25th Jun 1999
L
12 Bradford Bulls SL A 22 46 VIEW
30th Jun 1999
W
8 Halifax Blue sox SL H 46 10 VIEW
4th Jul 1999
L
12 London Broncos SL H 22 24 VIEW
23rd Jul 1999
W
8 Leeds Rhinos SL A 28 12 VIEW
30th Jul 1999
W
8 Huddersfield Giants SL H 64 16 VIEW
8th Aug 1999
W
8 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL H 42 34 1 VIEW
15th Aug 1999
W
8 Warrington Wolves SL A 35 12 VIEW
22nd Aug 1999
W
8 Salford Reds SL A 23 10 VIEW
25th Aug 1999
W
8 Castleford Tigers SL H 42 14 VIEW
30th Aug 1999
L
8 Gateshead Thunder SL H 32 36 VIEW
5th Sep 1999
L
8 Wigan Warriors SL A 20 28 VIEW
10th Sep 1999
W
8 Bradford Bulls SL H 25 16 VIEW
17th Sep 1999
W
8 Leeds Rhinos SLQPO H 38 14 VIEW
26th Sep 1999
L
8 Bradford Bulls SLQF A 4 40 VIEW
3rd Oct 1999
W
8 Castleford Tigers SLEF H 36 6 VIEW
9th Oct 1999
W
8 Bradford Bulls SLGF N 8 6 VIEW
26th Dec 1999
L
8 Wigan Warriors * Fr A 16 30 VIEW
24th Jan 2000
L
14 Melbourne Storm WCC N 6 44 VIEW
13th Feb 2000
W
8 Swinton Lions SCCC4 A 36 22 VIEW
26th Feb 2000
L
15 Leeds Rhinos SCCC5 A 20 26 VIEW
3rd Mar 2000
L
14 Bradford Bulls SL H 10 32 VIEW
17th Mar 2000
W
15 Hull Sharks SL A 28 20 VIEW
2nd Apr 2000
W
15 Wakefield Trinity SL H 29 22 VIEW
7th Apr 2000
W
8 Leeds Rhinos SL A 42 14 1 VIEW
16th Apr 2000
W
8 Halifax Blue Sox SL H 52 20 1 VIEW
21st Apr 2000
W
8 Wigan Warriors SL H 38 14 VIEW
24th Apr 2000
W
8 Warrington Wolves SL A 47 34 1 VIEW
1st May 2000
W
8 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL H 50 30 2 VIEW
7th May 2000
W
8 Castleford Tigers SL A 32 22 VIEW
12th May 2000
W
8 London Broncos SL A 26 20 VIEW
21st May 2000
W
8 Salford Reds SL H 46 22 VIEW
28th May 2000
W
11 Hull Sharks SL H 27 14 VIEW
2nd Jun 2000
L
11 Bradford Bulls SL A 16 17 VIEW
11th Jun 2000
W
8 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats SL A 30 22 VIEW
18th Jun 2000
L
8 Leeds Rhinos SL H 20 42 VIEW
23rd Jun 2000
W
11 Halifax Blue Sox SL A 28 24 VIEW
30th Jun 2000
W
11 Warrington Wolves SL H 50 20 VIEW
9th Jul 2000
W
12 Wigan Warriors SL A 30 28 VIEW
16th Jul 2000
W
15 Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants SL A 40 24 VIEW
21st Jul 2000
W
8 Castleford Tigers SL H 42 18 VIEW
30th Jul 2000
W
8 Salford Reds SL A 58 4 VIEW
6th Aug 2000
W
8 London Broncos SL H 46 12 VIEW
13th Aug 2000
L
8 Wakefield Trinity SL A 16 32 VIEW
20th Aug 2000
W
8 Warrington Wolves SL H 58 18 VIEW
27th Aug 2000
W
8 Salford Reds SL H 50 28 1 VIEW
1st Sep 2000
W
8 Leeds Rhinos SL A 35 20 VIEW
9th Sep 2000
W
8 London Broncos SL A 38 12 VIEW
15th Sep 2000
L
8 Wigan Warriors SL H 4 42 VIEW
22nd Sep 2000
W
8 Bradford Bulls SLQPO H 16 11 VIEW
29th Sep 2000
W
8 Wigan Warriors SLQF A 54 16 VIEW
14th Oct 2000
W
8 Wigan Warriors SLGF N 29 16 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 139 | LOSSES : 58 | DRAWS : 4

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