Mark Williams (Australian footballer born 1983)

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Mark Williams
Personal information
Full name Mark L. Williams
Date of birth (1983-04-13) 13 April 1983 (age 31)
Original team South Fremantle
Draft #43, 2000 National Draft, Hawthorn
Height/Weight 180 cm / 81 kg
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2002–2009
2010–2011
Total
Hawthorn
Essendon
111 (242)
004 00(5)
115 (247)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2011 season.
Career highlights

Mark L. Williams (born 13 April 1983) is an indigenous former Australian rules footballer who played with Hawthorn and Essendon in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was traded from the Hawks to the Bombers during the 2009 AFL trade week.

Making his debut in 2002 after being drafted by the Hawks at pick 43 in the 2000 AFL Draft, Williams was a small forward and came of age in 2005 when he was used as a full forward where he kicked 63 goals, making him the leading goal kicker of the club. Known for his flamboyance, pace and use of the "shotgun", a trademark celebration he used to use after kicking a goal, Williams was one of a number of young players at Hawthorn.

Williams finished 2006 with a total of 60 goals and once again was the leading goalkicker at the Hawks. A knee injury cut short his 2007 season after only four games leaving him stranded on 13 goals.

Williams attracted controversy in 2008 when he made a choking gesture targeted at then-Port Adelaide coach, Mark Williams. This was in reference to the then-Port Adelaide coach's famous choking gesture when the Power 2004 Premiership. Williams was warned that he would be shown the door if such action occurred again. He did apologise to his Port Adelaide namesake after the game, which Hawthorn won convincingly.

In the 2008 Grand Final, Williams and Stuart Dew kicked four goals in three minutes to put Hawthorn in a winning position late in the third quarter. Williams' three goals was the most by any player during the Grand Final.

In 2009, Williams injured his knee and missed the majority of the season games.

The 2009 post-season trade week saw Williams traded to Essendon in a complex trade involving four clubs. He had a disappointing debut game for Essendon, when the Bombers were beaten by Geelong at the MCG. It was not a great night for Williams as he gathered just eight disposals and was kept scoreless in the match.

In the twilight of his career, Williams was unable to gain senior selection and played with Essendon's Victorian Football League affiliate the Bendigo Bombers, until his retirement which was announced on 25 July 2011.[1]

Williams agreed to play with Ballan in the Central Highlands Football League for 2012 and 2013.[2]

Statistics[edit]

[3]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which Williams won an AFL Premiership
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after Finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2002 Hawthorn 6 3 1 1 5 1 6 1 3 0.3 0.3 1.7 0.3 2.0 0.3 1.0
2003 Hawthorn 6 9 10 9 43 17 60 30 23 1.1 1.0 4.8 1.9 6.7 3.3 2.6
2004 Hawthorn 6 21 33 12 86 36 122 46 26 1.6 0.6 4.1 1.7 5.8 2.2 1.2
2005 Hawthorn 6 19 63 35 141 20 161 87 25 3.3 1.8 7.4 1.1 8.5 4.6 1.3
2006 Hawthorn 6 20 60 26 143 34 177 93 22 3.0 1.3 7.2 1.7 8.9 4.7 1.1
2007 Hawthorn 6 4 13 5 25 12 37 11 5 3.3 1.3 6.3 3.0 9.3 2.8 1.3
2008 Hawthorn 6 22 46 32 206 72 278 126 37 2.1 1.5 9.4 3.3 12.6 5.7 1.7
2009 Hawthorn 6 13 16 7 106 48 154 64 24 1.2 0.5 8.2 3.7 11.8 4.9 1.8
2010 Essendon 33 4 5 0 25 6 31 8 6 1.3 0.0 6.3 1.5 7.8 2.0 1.5
Career 115 247 127 780 246 1026 466 171 2.1 1.1 6.8 2.1 8.9 4.1 1.5

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