Stephen Gilham

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Stephen Gilham
Personal information
Full name Stephen Gilham
Date of birth (1984-09-02) 2 September 1984 (age 30)
Original team Oakleigh Chargers (TAC Cup)
Draft #16, 2002 National Draft, Port Adelaide
Height/Weight 192cm / 86kg
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003-2005
2006–2012
2013–2014
Total
Port Adelaide
Hawthorn
Greater Western Sydney
001 (0)
098 (4)
015 (0)
114 (4)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

Stephen Gilham (born 2 September 1984) is an Australian rules football player with the Greater Western Sydney Football Club.

Gilham's junior career was distinguished, playing for Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup and in 2002 he was chosen to captain the Victoria Metro under 18 side in the national carnival. A skinny defender, Gilham was taken by Port Adelaide with its first pick (pick 16 overall) in the 2002 AFL Draft.

Port Adelaide[edit]

Gilham's three seasons at Port Adelaide were hampered by groin and shoulder injuries, together with difficulty gaining the strength to succeed as a key defender in the AFL. Gilham only managed one senior game during his time in South Australia, in 2005 as result of an injury and illness to two other players.[1] He was delisted at the end of the season. Gilham's return to Victoria (and the AFL) came courtesy of Hawthorn, who selected him with pick 34 in the 2006 Rookie Draft.

Hawthorn[edit]

Gilham spent most of 2006 playing for Hawthorn's VFL affiliate team, Box Hill, before eventually earning an opportunity in the senior side in the round 19 match against Carlton. He remained in the side for the remainder of the season, and impressed observers with his composure under pressure.

In recognition of his improvement in both game play and muscle mass, Gilham was promoted to Hawthorn's senior list for season 2007. During the 2007 season, Gilham consolidated a role in the senior side. He played every match for the year, and was effective on a wide range of opponents in defence. His solid form continued in 2008, culminating with a key role in the 2008 AFL Grand Final. After fellow key defender Trent Croad was forced from the field with a broken foot early in the second quarter, Gilham's presence provided vital stability on the last line, helping the team to claim the 2008 AFL premiership.

Gilham injured his left knee when he hyperextended in a NAB Cup quarter-final against Carlton more in 2009 pre-season cup. [2]

In round eight of the 2011 season whilst playing against St Kilda, Gilham ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and then missed the rest of the season [3]

Greater Western Sydney[edit]

Gilham was traded to the Greater Western Sydney Football Club on 26 October 2012.

On 26 August 2014, Gilham announced his retirement from the AFL, effective at the end of the season.[4]

Statistics[edit]

[5]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which Gilham 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)
2003 Port Adelaide 32 0
2004 Port Adelaide 32 0
2005 Port Adelaide 32 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0
2006 Hawthorn 42 4 0 0 26 36 62 23 4 0.0 0.0 6.5 9.0 15.5 5.8 1.0
2007 Hawthorn 27 24 1 0 176 134 310 150 33 0.0 0.0 7.3 5.6 12.9 6.3 1.4
2008 Hawthorn 27 24 1 0 163 159 322 133 22 0.0 0.0 6.8 6.6 13.4 5.5 0.9
2009 Hawthorn 27 10 0 0 54 93 147 40 22 0.0 0.0 5.4 9.3 14.7 4.0 2.2
2010 Hawthorn 27 23 1 1 150 131 281 99 37 0.0 0.0 6.5 5.7 12.2 4.3 1.6
2011 Hawthorn 27 7 0 0 52 32 84 27 7 0.0 0.0 7.4 4.6 12.0 3.9 1.0
2012 Hawthorn 27 6 1 0 38 35 73 23 7 0.2 0.0 6.3 5.8 12.2 3.8 1.2
2013 GWS 27 14 0 0 140 73 213 81 19 0.0 0.0 10.0 5.2 15.2 5.8 1.4
2014 GWS 27 1 0 0 4 5 9 4 1 0.0 0.0 4.0 5.0 9.0 4.0 1.0
Career 114 4 1 804 698 1502 580 152 0.0 0.0 7.1 6.1 13.2 5.1 1.3

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