Steven King (footballer)

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Steven King
2. Steven King, St Kilda FC 01.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-11-22) 22 November 1978 (age 35)
Place of birth Shepparton, Victoria
Original team Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)
Debut Round 5, 27 April 1996, Geelong
v. Richmond, at Skilled Stadium
Height/Weight 202 cm / 105 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996–2007
2008–2010
Total -
Geelong
St Kilda
193 (75)
047 0(8)
240 (83)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2010 season.
Career highlights

AFL

Geelong Football Club

Steven King (born 22 November 1978) is a former Australian rules footballer for Geelong and St Kilda in the Australian Football League (AFL).

AFL career[edit]

Geelong[edit]

Debuting as a 17-year old with the Geelong Cats in 1996, King is a gifted ruckman. He won All-Australian selection and won the Carji Greeves Medal in 2000 and again in 2002. He was captain of the club between 2003 and 2006. In 2005, King was hit by numerous injuries, which affected his form.

King (right) running laps with Michael Gardiner at training prior to the 2009 AFL Grand Final

A moment of controversy occurred in King's career in the 2005 Elimination Final, when he accidentally kicked Melbourne's Jeff White in the head. Both men were contesting a boundary throw in, and it was knocked to the ground. King was the man in front, and when the ball bounced up to head height, he took a mighty swing at it with his right foot. He missed the ball completely, but connected with White's face, giving him injuries which have been described as "equivalent to those of a car accident victim," requiring White to have several plates and screws inserted.

Media commentators and fans were largely divided about whether or not King should have faced the tribunal for kicking, historically the most heavily penalised infringement whether accidental or intentional. Eventually, the Match Review Panel decided that he had no case to answer, and he was free to play in the semi-final against Sydney the following week. Somewhat ironically, a hamstring injury in the third quarter of that game coincided with a Sydney comeback, and eventually victory.

King fell out of favour in 2007, playing only a handful of AFL games and was dropped to the Victorian Football League in favour of Brad Ottens and Mark Blake. In Round 18, playing in the AFL when Ottens was rested, he took a mark over goal umpire Michael Hammond – an awkward half-speckie/half-collision which sent the umpire crashing to the ground; for the second time in his career, despite the AFL's generally strict application of the rule prohibiting contact with field umpires, King avoided tribunal action, with the Match Review Panel deeming that the goal umpire had contributed to the clash, due to the fact that he moved towards the ball as it began to fall.

King continued to perform strongly in the VFL, and played in the Cats' 2007 VFL premiership against Coburg on 23 September. Following weak finals performances by Mark Blake, King received a recall to the senior team for the AFL Grand Final, despite Blake having played more games during the season. King then participated in the Cats' 2007 AFL premiership win against Port Adelaide on 29 September, giving him his second premiership medallion within seven days.

St Kilda[edit]

Following Mark Blake re-signing as the number two ruckman, King was offered a one year contract on reduced pay, which he declined. Lacking space in their salary cap, Geelong then asked King to retire,[1] but eventually traded him, along with Charlie Gardiner, to St Kilda for a sixth round selection in the 2007 national draft (nominally number; not used).

2008 season[edit]

King played in St Kilda’s 2008 NAB Cup winning side – St Kilda's third pre-season cup win.[2][3]

King played 22 games in 2008 and carried St Kilda's ruck division with 408 hitouts.

2009 season[edit]

King played in 16 of 22 matches in the 2009 AFL season home and away rounds in which St Kilda qualified in first position for the 2009 finals, winning the club’s third minor premiership.[4]

St Kilda qualified for the 2009 AFL Grand Final after qualifying and preliminary finals wins. King played in the grand final in which St Kilda were defeated by 12 points by his former club Geelong.

2010 season[edit]

On 16 September 2010, King announced his retirement. He played six games for the year, but was being kept out by emerging ruckman, Ben McEvoy. He has accepted a coaching role at St Kilda.

Personal life[edit]

King married his longtime girlfriend and former Price Is Right model, Danielle Atkin, in October 2008. They have a son, Oscar William, born on 16 July 2009 and a daughter, Dahlia Janys, born on 2 August 2011.

He and Danielle eventually divorced.

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct as of September 2009 (10 April 2010)
Season Team No. Games Goals Behinds Kicks Marks Handballs Disposals
1996 Geelong 1 13 3 2 81 38 55 136
1997 Geelong 1 22 8 5 202 94 91 293
1998 Geelong 1 11 1 2 89 60 47 136
1999 Geelong 1 17 14 12 134 63 60 194
2000 Geelong 1 23 12 10 252 82 120 372
2001 Geelong 1 16 11 3 161 76 81 242
2002 Geelong 1 22 14 9 237 100 135 372
2003 Geelong 1 13 2 4 95 49 80 175
2004 Geelong 1 16 6 4 126 55 67 193
2005 Geelong 1 18 3 0 140 69 85 225
2006 Geelong 1 16 1 1 116 67 97 213
2007 Geelong 1 6 0 1 18 18 40 58
2008 St. Kilda 2 22 5 4 131 70 110 241
2009 St. Kilda 2 19 3 1 81 43 85 166
Totals 234 83 58 1868 886 1155 3023

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geelong tells King to retire – Geelong Advertiser
  2. ^ "St Kilda wins NAB cup". The Age. March 8, 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Saints are NAB Cup Champions in 2008". Jeld-Wen. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  4. ^ "2009 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ben Graham
Geelong Football Club captain
2002–2006
Succeeded by
Tom Harley
Awards
Preceded by
Ben Graham
Carji Greeves Medal
2000
Succeeded by
Brenton Sanderson
Preceded by
Brenton Sanderson
Carji Greeves Medal
2002
Succeeded by
Matthew Scarlett