Nathan Burke

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This article is about the Australian rules footballer. For the musician, see Nathan Burke (musician).
Nathan Burke
Personal information
Full name Nathan Burke
Date of birth (1970-02-06) 6 February 1970 (age 44)
Original team Pines
Height/Weight 180 cm / 85 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1987–2003 St Kilda 323 (123)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2003 season.
Career highlights
  • St. Kilda Football Club Best and Fairest – Trevor Barker Award 1993, 1996, 1999
  • St Kilda Minor Premiership Side 1997
  • St Kilda AFL Cup Winning side 1996 (Co-Captain)
  • State of Origin representative for Victoria 11 times
  • All Australian 4 times
  • St Kilda Team of the Century
  • Runner Up Trevor Barker Award 2 times
  • Third Trevor Barker Award 3 times
  • All Australian Vice Captain 1997
  • Victorian State of Origin Captain and Vice Captain
  • Herald Sun Player of the Year
  • Sunday Herald Sun Player of the Year
  • Channel 7 Sportsworld Player of the Year
  • The Age Newspaper Player of the Year

Nathan Burke (born 6 February 1970) is a former Australian rules footballer.

He was a tough rover who always backed himself in a contest and was one of the most courageous footballers to play for the St Kilda Football Club. He set the club record for most number of games at his retirement, with 323 games which was broken by former team-mate Robert Harvey in round 7, 2006. His tough playing style lead to his using of a helmet.

Burke was Co-Captain in St Kilda’s 1996 AFL Ansett Australia Cup winning side – the club's first AFL Cup win.[1][2]

He started his football playing career with the Pines Football Club. His professional career spanned 1987–2003 despite missing most of 2002 with a knee injury, with Burke deciding to retire late in the season, in the Round 18 clash with Richmond, which the Saints won by 80 points. It was also notable for the fact that the coaching panel of Richmond that day included fellow St Kilda teammates Danny Frawley and Stewart Loewe, who stayed on the ground in honour of Burke following his parade lap (with Alex Lloyd's "Amazing" played at the ground).

Burke has been a Director of the St Kilda FC since 2008. he Joined the Board with fellow player Andrew Thompson.

Burke's uncle Nick Bloom also played for St Kilda.[3]

Nathan lives in Sandringham with his wife of 19 years Fiona and their three children Ruby 15, Molly 14 and Alice 12 After Burke's retirement from career football in 2003, he directed his talents into business as a leadership and culture consultant. Burke has now joined the contact centres industry and is currently the Chief Engagement Manager for CallActive.[4]

Playing Statistics[edit]

[5]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
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)
1987 St Kilda 48 16 2 0 179 96 275 40 33 0.1 0.0 11.2 6.0 17.2 2.5 2.1
1988 St Kilda 29 22 6 8 321 121 442 70 38 0.3 0.4 14.6 5.5 20.1 3.2 1.7
1989 St Kilda 29 21 12 4 265 143 408 66 38 0.6 0.2 12.6 6.8 19.4 3.1 1.8
1990 St Kilda 29 14 2 1 133 110 243 32 27 0.1 0.1 9.5 7.9 17.4 2.3 1.9
1991 St Kilda 29 23 3 1 316 180 496 64 53 0.1 0.0 13.7 7.8 21.6 2.8 2.3
1992 St Kilda 3 24 9 6 296 158 454 64 69 0.4 0.3 12.3 6.6 18.9 2.7 2.9
1993 St Kilda 3 20 9 7 322 148 470 68 72 0.5 0.4 16.1 7.4 23.5 3.4 3.6
1994 St Kilda 3 22 7 3 335 173 508 84 77 0.3 0.1 15.2 7.9 23.1 3.8 3.5
1995 St Kilda 3 18 9 7 318 122 440 75 49 0.5 0.4 17.7 6.8 24.4 4.2 2.7
1996 St Kilda 3 22 15 9 434 146 580 92 64 0.7 0.4 19.7 6.6 26.4 4.2 2.9
1997 St Kilda 3 25 9 14 469 200 669 99 75 0.4 0.6 18.8 8.0 26.8 4.0 3.0
1998 St Kilda 3 22 10 12 343 187 530 81 75 0.5 0.5 15.6 8.5 24.1 3.7 3.4
1999 St Kilda 3 21 4 1 299 157 456 96 49 0.2 0.0 14.2 7.5 21.7 4.6 2.3
2000 St Kilda 3 22 8 7 363 141 504 92 52 0.4 0.3 16.5 6.4 22.9 4.2 2.4
2001 St Kilda 3 10 10 2 127 82 209 28 22 1.0 0.2 12.7 8.2 20.9 2.8 2.2
2002 St Kilda 3 3 3 0 22 16 38 11 10 1.0 0.0 7.3 5.3 12.7 3.7 3.3
2003 St Kilda 3 18 6 10 132 89 221 57 38 0.3 0.6 7.3 4.9 12.3 3.2 2.1
Career 323 124 92 4674 2269 6943 1119 841 0.4 0.3 14.5 7.0 21.5 3.5 2.6

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1987
1988 3
1989
1990
1991
1992 10
1993 6
1994 4
1995 10
1996 20
1997 18
1998 4
1999 11
2000 6
2001 1
2002
2003 2
Total 95
Key:
Green / Bold = Won

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Robert Harvey
St Kilda Best and Fairest winner
1993
Succeeded by
Robert Harvey
Preceded by
Nicky Winmar
St Kilda Best and Fairest winner
1996
Succeeded by
Robert Harvey
Preceded by
Robert Harvey
St Kilda Best and Fairest winner
1999
Succeeded by
Andrew Thompson