Peter Everitt

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Peter Everitt
Personal information
Full name Peter Everitt
Date of birth (1974-05-03) 3 May 1974 (age 40)
Original team Hastings, Victoria
Height/Weight 203 cm / 103 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1993 – 2002
2003 – 2006
2007 – 2008
Totals
St Kilda
Hawthorn
Sydney
180 (300)
072 0(67)
039 0(16)
291 (383)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2008 season.

Peter "Spida" Everitt (born 3 May 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for St Kilda, Hawthorn and Sydney in the AFL. He made his debut for St Kilda in 1993 and in 2003 began playing for Hawthorn. Everitt was traded to the Sydney Swans at the end of 2006. Following the club's 2008 semi-final loss to the Western Bulldogs, he announced his retirement. He finished his career on 291 games.

Everitt was born on the Mornington Peninsula. For part of his childhood, he resided in Wantirna.

Career[edit]

St Kilda[edit]

Making his debut for St Kilda in 1993, the then dreadlocked Everitt became one of the Saints' best ruckmen.

Everitt played in St Kilda's 1996 pre-season Cup winning side.[1]

Everitt played every match of the 1997 season home and away rounds in which St Kilda Football Club qualified in first position for the 1997 AFL Finals Series, winning the club's second Minor Premiership and first McClelland Trophy.[2]

He won All-Australian selection in 1997, but suffered a collarbone injury late in the year, missing the Grand Final.[3] He again won All-Australian selection in 1998. In Round 2, 1999, at Waverley Park Everitt racially abused Melbourne's Scott Chisholm after kicking a goal. Peter received a $20,000 fine, a self-imposed four-match suspension, a racial awareness training program and loss of match payments. Everitt publicly apologised to Chisholm and his family and to the Aboriginal community.[4]

Hawthorn career[edit]

At the end of 2002, Everitt was traded to Hawthorn, after too many off-field discretions and a lack of discipline at the Saints. The Hawks offered him a fresh start, and he became one of the premier tap ruckmen in the competition, winning All-Australian selection in 2005. He was traded to the Sydney Swans for the 2007 season.

Fallout at Hawthorn[edit]

In September 2006, it was announced that Everitt would not be playing for the Hawks in 2007. Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said in a statement released by the club that Everitt had failed to reach an agreement with Hawthorn regarding his contract. Everitt had allegedly requested a two-year contract, but Hawthorn was only prepared to offer the then 32-year-old ruckman a one-year deal. The Hawks agreed to seek to trade Everitt with another club.[5]

Consequently, on 13 October 2006, Everitt was traded to the Sydney Swans in the final minutes of trade week in return for draft pick 33.[6] The trade ended strong belief that Everitt would be forced to nominate for the pre-season draft and risk being picked up by another club rather than Sydney following a stall in negotiations between the two clubs.[7]

Everitt spent two seasons at the Swans before retiring after the Swans' semi-finals defeat in 2008.

Media career[edit]

Everitt currently co-hosts the breakfast show at 92.5 Gold Fm on the Gold Coast as well as formerly being a member of "The Home Straight which aired Friday evenings on Gold 92.5 amongst other regional radio stations across Australia until 2012. He is now a Brisbane based commentator on radio with Triple M.

Season Statistics[edit]

Year Team Number Games Kicks Handballs Total Disposals Marks Tackles Hitouts Goals Behinds Goal Accuracy % Brownlow Medal Votes
1993 St Kilda 10 13 112 54 166 54 6 122 16 14 53% 2
1994 St Kilda 10 18 75 36 111 39 8 57 13 6 68% 0
1995 St Kilda 10 18 143 56 199 92 9 115 32 20 61% 2
1996 St Kilda 10 19 152 76 228 101 16 139 41 23 64% 0
1997 St Kilda 10 23 256 90 346 135 23 302 44 25 64% 5
1998 St Kilda 10 24 300 111 411 163 22 433 45 32 58% 9
1999 St Kilda 10 17 166 58 224 101 16 347 22 21 51% 2
2000 St Kilda 10 15 129 47 176 74 15 186 40 18 69% 4
2001 St Kilda 10 21 201 64 265 98 32 569 30 24 55% 5
2002 St Kilda 10 12 96 36 132 52 18 264 16 10 61% 0
2003 Hawthorn 1 14 130 44 174 67 24 330 17 7 71% 4
2004 Hawthorn 1 22 203 90 293 99 43 628 28 11 72% 6
2005 Hawthorn 1 22 261 121 382 123 46 556 17 15 53% 13
2006 Hawthorn 1 14 114 54 168 58 25 309 5 3 63% 0
2007 Sydney 10 23 178 78 256 93 18 405 15 9 63% 5
2008 Sydney 10 16 92 45 137 41 20 199 2 4 33% 0
Totals 291 2608 1060 3668 1390 341 4961 383 242 61% 57

Personal life[edit]

On 12 January 2008, Everitt married partner of seven years Sheree in New Zealand. Everitt has three daughters and a son.[8] His younger brother, Andrejs Everitt, is now playing at Carlton after collectively playing 79 games at the Western Bulldogs and Sydney Swans. Since retiring from AFL, in 2008 Everitt and Sheree have their own TV show called Great Australian Doorstep, in which they travel around Australia by motorhome filming smaller towns with what to see and do.[4] He also competed in the 9th season of Dancing With The Stars and was the first competitor to be eliminated.

Everitt has been criticized for comments made on Twitter and Sunrise in response to the alleged rape of a woman by two Collingwood players. The Age journalist Nina Funnell said "...statements like these encourage men to believe they are entitled to have sex with vulnerable women, and women to believe they are not entitled to say 'no' once drunk or alone with a man." In a tweeted response to the controversy Everitt stated "My comments are solely aimed at warning females of the danger of being drunk or under the influence of drugs."[9]

References/notes[edit]

  1. ^ "AFL 1996 Ansett Cup Grand Final – St Kilda v Carlton". Slattery Media Group. 23 March 1996. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "1997 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Tugwelll, Nikki (7 September 2007). "Jolly good future at Swans". Fox Sports Australia (News Corp). Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  4. ^ a b McFarlane, Glenn (21 March 2009). "Peter Everitt wants to erase a dirty memory". Sunday Herald Sun (News Corp). Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Michael Cowley, Michael (6 September 2006). "Age no deterrent to signing ruckman Everitt, says Roos". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Spida pleased with move north". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Robinson, Mark (13 October 2006). "Hawthorn digs in, Spida fumes". Herald Sun (News Corp). Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  8. ^ Palmer, Scot (13 January 2008). "Peter "Spida" Everitt marries". PerthNow. News Corp. Retrieved 24 October 2009. 
  9. ^ Funnell, Nina (7 October 2010). "Women cop blame (again) for sex assault". The Age (Melbourne: Fairfax Media). Retrieved 8 October 2010. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Andrew Thompson
St Kilda Best and Fairest winner
2001
Succeeded by
Nick Riewoldt
Preceded by
Shane Crawford
Hawthorn Best and Fairest winner
2004
Succeeded by
Luke Hodge