David Sierakowski

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David Sierakowski
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-12-29) 29 December 1974 (age 42)
Original team(s) Subiaco (WAFL)
Debut Round 14, 25 June 1994, St Kilda
vs. Adelaide, at Waverley Park
Height / weight 193cm / 101kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994–2000 St Kilda 093 (27)
2001–2003 West Coast 010 0(3)
Total 103 (30)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2003.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

David Sierakowski (born 29 December 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

He was recruited to the Saints in the 1992 AFL Draft under the father-son rule. He spent the whole of 1993 season in the reserves developing his game and settling into Melbourne life with relatives. He became a solid key position player, particularly in defence.

During his 1993 debut year with just 3 games he spent 3 months in Perth under orders of coach Stan Alves to improve his fitness. Sierakowski returned to St Kilda and played most of the 1994 season in major roles down back in the senior side. This season saw David win the club's Best First Year and Most Improved Player Awards.

Sierakowski played in St Kilda’s 1996 AFL Ansett Australia Cup winning side.[1]

Throughout the year Sierakowski found himself playing both forward and defensive roles. Taking a liking to the wide open spaces of Waverley Park, and building a reputation along the way.

A major career highlight included playing in the 1997 Grand Final side.

By 1998 he had become a versatile player and was spending more time in ruckman roles. He capped off a stellar year earning State of Origin selection for WA and played against South Australia in Adelaide. The off-season meant major knee surgery after suffering from recurring patela tendonitis.

Mid-way through 1999 came the first of a series of major knee injuries, snapping his right patela tendon in a game against Fremantle. Sierakowski was sidelined for nearly 12 months and returned to play 13 games in 2000 under new coach Tim Watson and finish 6th in the club's best and fairest award. The off-season saw the robust utility traded to the West Coast Eagles in a trade that enabled Fraser Gehrig to return to Melbourne. WCE drafted Daniel Kerr.

Sierakowski, originally from Perth, moved back to his home state in 2001. He made his debut for the club in Round 1 of that year against Geelong at Kardinia Park but was struck in the back of the head by an errant swinging forearm. Knocked unconscious mid-air from the severity of the blow, and landing awkwardly, he suffered a second knee injury, requiring a reconstruction that forced him out of the game until 2002. He returned but struggled to find form, with a series of hamstring injuries and continuing knee problems. Unable to capture his true form he retired at the end of 2003.

Sierakowski has stayed involved in football at WAFL level as an assistant coach with Subiaco Football Club, initially under Peter German where the club won 2 Premierships in 3 years. Now under Scott Watters he has been an important part of the match committee.

He now owns and manages Scout Entertainment.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFL 1996 Ansett Cup Grand Final - St Kilda v Carlton". Slattery Media Group. 1996-03-23. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 

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