Chris Knights

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Chris Knights
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Personal information
Full name Chris Knights
Nickname(s) Knighta
Date of birth (1986-09-25) 25 September 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
Original team(s) Vermont (EFL)
Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup)
Draft 56th overall, 2004
Adelaide
Height / weight 184cm / 84kg
Position(s) Half-forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005–2012 Adelaide 096 (68)
2013–2015 Richmond 006 0(7)
Total 102 (75)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 3, 2015.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Chris Knights (born 25 September 1986) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide Football Club and Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

AFL career[edit]

Chris played his junior football with the Waverley Blues Football Club and also the Vermont Football Club before being selected to play for the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup.[1] Knights, a dual Victorian Metropolitan under-18 representative (2003/04),[2] was selected in the 2004 AFL Draft by the Adelaide Football Club with the 56th selection.[3]

Knights was eased into the AFL system, playing just two games in the 2005 season and ten in 2006 before cementing his spot in the side in 2007, missing only one game.[4]

Knights saw more action in 2007, developing into a midfielder and regularly featuring in Adelaide's best players on a regular basis. He racked up a career high 37 disposals in a game against Collingwood in round 15, earning the first Brownlow Medal votes of his career.[5]

In Round 7 of the 2009 season, Knights made a surprising move to the forward line. This move paid off, with Knights booting three and two goals respectively in losses against the Western Bulldogs and Brisbane Lions, before managing bags of five, four and five in the Crows' impressive victories over Carlton,[6] Hawthorn and Essendon.[7] During this prolific period, Knights became the most accurate goalkicker in the AFL, having booted 21.3 from 24 scoring shots at that point of the 2009 season with an accuracy percentage of 87.5. On 25 September 2012, Knights left the Adelaide Crows Football Club. On 1 October 2012 Knights signed a contract with the Richmond Football Club during the free agency period.

Knights started off his first season at Richmond well kicking 6 goals in his first 5 games. However, in Round 7 against Port Adelaide at AAMI, Knights hurt his knee which cost him his season.

In August 2015, Knights announced he would retire at the end of the season.[8]

Playing statistics[edit]

[9]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2005 Adelaide 21 2 0 0 6 4 10 3 1 0.0 0.0 3.0 2.0 5.0 1.5 0.5
2006 Adelaide 21 10 1 3 67 65 132 31 20 0.1 0.3 6.7 6.5 13.2 3.1 2.0
2007 Adelaide 21 22 5 12 276 239 515 123 60 0.2 0.5 12.5 10.9 23.4 5.6 2.7
2008 Adelaide 21 16 4 3 201 132 333 79 51 0.3 0.2 12.6 8.3 20.8 4.9 3.2
2009 Adelaide 21 20 43 25 187 165 352 95 63 2.2 1.3 9.4 8.3 17.6 4.8 3.2
2010 Adelaide 21 5 2 2 37 38 75 21 17 0.4 0.4 7.4 7.6 15.0 4.2 3.4
2011 Adelaide 21 16 10 16 158 134 292 83 43 0.6 1.0 9.9 8.4 18.3 5.2 2.7
2012 Adelaide 21 5 3 3 37 23 60 15 8 0.6 0.6 7.4 4.6 12.0 3.0 1.6
2013 Richmond 15 5 6 5 54 32 86 25 8 1.2 1.0 10.8 6.4 17.2 5.0 1.6
2014 Richmond 15 0
2015 Richmond 15 1 1 0 3 1 4 1 3 1.0 0.0 3.0 1.0 4.0 1.0 3.0
Career 102 75 69 1026 833 1859 476 274 0.7 0.7 10.1 8.2 18.2 4.7 2.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hard slog pays off for Knights
  2. ^ Lovett, Michael, ed. (2005). AFL 2005. p. 37. ISBN 0-9580300-6-5. 
  3. ^ Lovett, Michael, ed. (2005). AFL 2005. p. 342. ISBN 0-9580300-6-5. 
  4. ^ Quayle, Emma (14 June 2009) Crows flock to Dangerfield
  5. ^ Chris Knights's statistics from AFL Tables
  6. ^ Adelaide ace Chris Knights gets his kicks in Crows' attack
  7. ^ How Chris Knights became goal-den boy
  8. ^ "Knights retires". RichmondFC.com.au. Bigpond. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Chris Knights". AFL Tables. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 

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