Steven May

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Steven May
Steven May 2017.1.jpg
May playing for Gold Coast in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Steven May
Date of birth (1992-01-10) 10 January 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Original team(s) Southern Districts (NTFL)
Draft Priority zone selection, Gold Coast
Height 193 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 102 kg (225 lb)
Position(s) Key Defender
Club information
Current club Gold Coast
Number 17
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011– Gold Coast 111 (19)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2013 Indigenous All-Stars 1
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 5, 2018.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2013.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Steven May (born 10 January 1992) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He has served as the co-captain of Gold Coast since the 2017 season.

Early life[edit]

Steven May was born in Darwin into a family of Indigenous Australian descent (Gunbalanya and Larrakia).[1][2] Aside from Australian Football, May is a keen supporter of Tottenham in the Premier League as well as the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA.

Junior football[edit]

May began playing his junior football at Southern Districts Football Club who compete in the Northern Territory Football League. His performances for Southern Districts earned him a scholarship at the AIS in 2008. Later in 2008 he moved to Melbourne to complete his final years of schooling at Melbourne Grammar. His highlights included an outing against Scotch College in which he kicked 9 goals. While competing for the Northern Territory at the 2010 AFL Under 18 Championships, he was named at full forward in the under 18 All-Australian team. Following his efforts at the National Championships, the newly formed Gold Coast Football Club signed him as one of their two priority zone selections from the Northern Territory. May would finish the 2010 season for Melbourne Grammar in the Associated Public Schools of Victoria competition with 40 goals from eight games, as well as the best and fairest award. Following graduation, he relocating to the Gold Coast at the end of 2010 to begin his AFL career.

AFL career[edit]

May made his AFL debut against Essendon[3] in round 6 of the 2011 season where he was used as a defender. May finished the 2011 AFL season with nine games and played in defence majority of the year. May was again used in defence for most of the 2012 AFL season until round 21 against Hawthorn where he had his breakout game when moved forward. He would kick three goals and take twelve marks in an impressive display up forward for the Suns.

In a 2014 match against the Sydney Swans, May played in defence on two-time Coleman Medallist Lance Franklin and played very well, limiting him to only three goals.[4] On 16 April 2016, May knocked out Stefan Martin after leaving his feet to deliver a full-body hit after the ball had gone by.[5] He was suspended for five games.[6]

May was named co-captain of the Gold Coast Football Club in December 2016, making him just the sixth indigenous captain in VFL/AFL history.[7]

On 24 May 2017, it was announced that he would wear number 67 on his jersey, rather than his usual 17, for the round 10 Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round game against Melbourne. This was to commemorate the 1967 referendum which recognised Indigenous Australians in the census.[8]

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