Nick Malceski

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Nick Malceski
Sydney Swans Nick Malceski Tatoos.jpg
Personal information
Full name Nick Malceski
Date of birth (1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 (age 32)
Original team(s) Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 64, 2002 national draft
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005–2014 Sydney 176 (67)
2015–2016 Gold Coast 034 0(8)
Total 210 (75)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Nick Malceski (born 15 August 1984) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Sydney Swans and Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). A running defender, he was part of the Sydney line-up that won the 2012 AFL Grand Final, and in total played 176 games for the club between 2005 and 2014. He was named in the 2014 All-Australian team, but at the end of that season joined the Gold Coast, where he played two seasons (consisting of 34 games) before retiring at the end of the 2016 season.

AFL career[edit]

Recruitment[edit]

Malceski is a Macedonian Australian. He was recruited from the Eastern Rangers by the Sydney Swans in the 2002 AFL draft with the 64th overall pick.

In his first year at the club, the talented midfielder played in the Wizard Home Loans Cup and then followed up with a full season for the Swans Reserves, where he impressed coaching staff with his magnificent disposal skills on both sides of his body and excellent decision-making abilities in both attack and defence. After a successful first season with the Swans Reserves, Malceski and coaching staff had high hopes for him making his debut for the seniors in the 2004 premiership season. Unfortunately, Malceski ruptured his left anterior cruciate ligament during a trial game, requiring him to have a knee reconstruction, thus ruining any hopes of him making a seniors debut in 2004.

Sydney (2005–2014)[edit]

In 2005, Malceski surprised everyone by fully recovering from his knee injury both physically and mentally, and was rewarded with a seniors debut. He scored his first career goal with his first kick. Malceski went on to play another four matches for the seniors in the 2005 premiership season.

In 2006, Malceski got the call up to play for the seniors in round 3, along with a new guernsey, number 9. He played well and held his spot in the team, scoring five goals and averaged 14 possessions a game. However, Malceski pulled up with a hamstring injury during the first quarter of the Swans' round 9 clash against Hawthorn at the MCG. Scans later revealed he would miss the next 3 or 4 weeks.

In the Round 4, 2006 match against Melbourne, he had the opportunity to level the scores in the dying moments but missed from 25 metres out and the Demons hung on. This was an inapt way to cap off his game which was considered to have shown a lot of promise – with several long kicks and attacking flair shown. The match marked his arrival as a promising young player.

Malceski's form earned him selection in the 2006 AFL Grand Final where he garnered 10 possessions and kicked an important goal, however his side ultimately lost in his first Grand Final appearance to the West Coast Eagles.

In 2007, Malceski continued to impress with exquisite disposal skills and cemented his place in the Sydney Swans team with several stand-out performances early in the season. His speed and accuracy off half-back has made him an important cog in the Swans team. In Round 5, 2007 against the Melbourne Demons, Malceski was awarded best on ground with 28 disposals and 1 goal. A great season performance in 2007 resulted Malceski to be runner-up in the clubs prestigious Skilton Medal, only second to Sydney midfielder Brett Kirk.

After his break-out year in 2007, Malceski and Swans coaching staff had high hopes for an even more successful 2008. However, their hopes were delivered a cruel blow when Malceski suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury to his right knee after he twisted it when changing direction during the 3rd quarter of the Swans Round 1, NAB Cup clash with Hawthorn in Tasmania. It was expected that the knee injury would rule Malceski out for the remainder of the season, however, a synthetic ligament was installed into the knee and he returned to the side in a game against Essendon mid-way through the season.

In 2010, after two years of disappointing form and recovery from his serious knee injury, Malceski returned to his best form. Returning to the half-back line, his run and precision kicking were great assets for the Swans as they pushed towards the finals. He capped of his wonderful year by placing 7th in the Bob Skilton Medal and being named in the initial 40 man All-Australian squad.

In the 2011 pre-season, Malceski re-tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. It was announced he would be having LARS surgery again and he would be out for 10–12 weeks.

Malceski was part of the Sydney Swans team which won the 2012 AFL Grand Final, where he kicked his side's first and last goals of the match through miraculous snap shots. Malceski's year was typified by his run and delivery off the half-back line while he has also sharpened his defensive skills dramatically to ensure he is not a weak link. He helped the Swans' defensive units become the stingiest and one of the toughest to score against in season 2012.

Gold Coast (2015–2016)[edit]

On 6 October 2014, Malceski signed a three-year deal with the Gold Coast Football Club, parting ways with Sydney after ten seasons.[1][2] At the conclusion of the 2016 season, he announced his retirement from the AFL due to ongoing knee injuries.[3]

Statistics[edit]

[4]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the season only
Led the league after season and finals
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2005 Sydney 40 5 1 1 21 11 32 10 3 0.2 0.2 4.2 2.2 6.4 2.0 0.6
2006 Sydney 9 17 9 7 148 57 205 68 53 0.5 0.4 8.7 3.4 12.1 4.0 3.1
2007 Sydney 9 23 14 5 333 148 481 150 60 0.6 0.2 14.5 6.4 20.9 6.5 2.6
2008 Sydney 9 11 6 1 110 47 157 53 19 0.5 0.1 10.0 4.3 14.3 4.8 1.7
2009 Sydney 9 12 5 5 113 70 183 37 16 0.4 0.4 9.4 5.8 15.3 3.1 1.3
2010 Sydney 9 24 7 9 339 204 543 128 60 0.3 0.4 14.1 8.5 22.6 5.3 2.5
2011 Sydney 9 12 6 7 126 53 179 51 32 0.5 0.6 10.5 4.4 14.9 4.3 2.7
2012 Sydney 9 22 6 5 295 106 401 68 77 0.3 0.2 13.4 4.8 18.2 3.1 3.5
2013 Sydney 9 25 5 4 429 123 552 101 52 0.2 0.2 17.2 4.9 22.1 4.0 2.1
2014 Sydney 9 25 8 7 427 149 576 98 72 0.3 0.3 17.1 6.0 23.0 3.9 2.9
2015 Gold Coast 7 16 3 3 182 83 265 75 37 0.2 0.2 11.4 5.2 16.6 4.7 2.3
2016 Gold Coast 7 18 5 7 219 125 344 93 48 0.3 0.4 12.2 6.9 19.1 5.2 2.7
Career 210 75 61 2742 1176 3918 932 529 0.4 0.3 13.1 5.6 18.7 4.4 2.5

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