Sam Butler

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Sam Butler
Personal information
Full name Sam Butler
Date of birth (1986-01-14) 14 January 1986 (age 29)
Original team Central District (SANFL)
Draft 20th pick, 2003 National Draft (West Coast)
Height/Weight 187cm / 82kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club West Coast
Number 26
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004– West Coast 130 (16)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of rd11 2015 season.
Career highlights

Sam Butler (born 14 January 1986) is an Australian rules footballer for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). A talented underage soccer player from Gawler, South Australia, who only took up football as a teenager, he was drafted by West Coast with the 20th pick at the 2003 National Draft, having played in a SANFL reserves premiership for Central District the year he was drafted. Butler debuted for West Coast during the 2004 season, and was nominated for the AFL Rising Star award. A mid-sized defender and occasional midfielder, he played in West Coast's 2006 premiership team, but missed the entire next season due to injury. Butler has struggled with injury throughout his career, only playing his 100th game during the 2013 season, ten seasons after his debut.

Career[edit]

From Gawler in country South Australia, Butler only took up football when he was a teenager, having previously played under-16 soccer for his state.[1] He played junior football for the South Gawler Football Club (subsequently becoming the first South Gawler player in the AFL),[2] and then for underage Central District Football Club teams. A member of the AIS/AFL Academy, Butler played for South Australia at the National Under-18 Championships in both 2002 and 2003, and also won a reserves SANFL premiership with Central District in the latter season. He went on to be drafted by West Coast with the 20th pick in the 2003 National Draft.[1]

Butler made his debut for the West Coast Eagles in Round 10, 2004 against Richmond, gathering 14 disposals, 5 marks and 1 goal in a 37 point win to the Eagles. He went on to play 12 games that season, including a losing elimination final against Sydney.

In 2005, he played 14 games for the club including the losing grand final against Sydney.

2006 was a much more successful seasons for Sam. He played his first game of the season in round 13 against the Western Bulldogs, picking up 22 disposals and 6 marks. He notched up a further 13 games (14 games in total for the season) and having a superb 2006 final series, in particular his performances against the Western Bulldogs in the semi final (30 disposal, 3 marks, 6 tackles) Adelaide in the preliminary final (22 disposals, 6 marks, 1 goal), as well as being part of the 2006 premiership winning team over Sydney.

In 2007, he struggled with a persistent groin injury (osteitis pubis) and was restricted in the games he played, not playing any AFL games and only playing a handful of WAFL and WAFL reserve games for Perth.

He has had a slow start to season 2008, having a modified pre-season training program due to his nagging groin injuries and played 5 games for his WAFL side Perth, playing 2 reserves games and 3 senior games. He was given a week off before making his return to the Eagles senior side against Sydney in Round 11.

Playing against Collingwood in round 20 of the 2014 season, Butler recorded 32 disposals and took 14 marks, both career highs.[3][4]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season [5]
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)
2004 West Coast 26 12 1 2 87 77 164 33 16 0.1 0.2 7.3 6.4 13.7 2.8 1.3
2005 West Coast 26 14 3 2 103 62 165 51 18 0.2 0.1 7.4 4.4 11.8 3.6 1.3
2006 West Coast 26 14 6 5 156 123 279 58 59 0.4 0.4 11.1 8.8 19.9 4.1 4.2
2007 West Coast 26 0
2008 West Coast 26 5 0 3 49 30 79 21 11 0.0 0.6 9.8 6.0 15.8 4.2 2.2
2009 West Coast 26 16 1 1 132 124 256 60 38 0.1 0.1 8.3 7.8 16.0 3.8 2.4
2010 West Coast 26 5 0 0 45 47 92 26 17 0.0 0.0 9.0 9.4 18.4 5.2 3.4
2011 West Coast 26 13 0 0 160 68 228 80 51 0.0 0.0 12.3 5.2 17.5 6.2 3.9
2012 West Coast 26 14 1 3 177 68 245 74 33 0.1 0.2 12.6 4.9 17.5 5.3 2.4
2013 West Coast 26 15 1 2 167 101 268 78 58 0.1 0.1 11.1 6.7 17.9 5.2 3.9
2014 West Coast 26 12 1 1 108 84 192 47 34 0.1 0.1 9.0 7.0 16.0 3.9 2.8
Career 120 14 19 1184 784 1968 528 335 0.1 0.2 9.9 6.5 16.4 4.4 2.8

Personal life[edit]

Butler married Natasha "Tash" Leembruggen, a Perth fashion designer, in October 2012, at a ceremony in the Barossa Valley.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peter Argent (6 June 2013). "The Butler Did It – Bulldogs Export makes 100" – Central District Football Club. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  2. ^ Chronology – South Gawler Football Club. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Eagles soar over cold Pies to keep finals hopes alive" – AFL.com.au. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  4. ^ Sam Butler – AFL Tables. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  5. ^ Sam Butler's player profile at AFL Tables
  6. ^ Jayne Rickard (22 October 2012). "Footy boys help Eagle tie knot"The West Australian. Retrieved 10 August 2014.

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