Peter Everitt

Peter "Spida" Everitt (born 3 May 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the St Kilda Football Club, Hawthorn Football Club and Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL). He made his debut for St Kilda in 1993 and in 2003 began playing for Hawthorn. Everitt was traded to the Sydney Swans at the end of 2006. Following the club's 2008 semi-final loss to the Western Bulldogs, he announced his retirement. He finished his career on 291 games.

Peter Everitt
Personal information
Full name Peter Everitt
Date of birth (1974-05-03) 3 May 1974
Original team(s) Hastings, Victoria
Height 203 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 103 kg (227 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19932002 St Kilda 180 (300)
20032006 Hawthorn 072 0(67)
20072008 Sydney 039 0(16)
Total 291 (383)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Everitt was born on the Mornington Peninsula. For part of his childhood, he resided in Wantirna.

Career

St Kilda

Making his debut for St Kilda in 1993, the then dreadlocked Everitt became one of the Saints' best ruckmen.

Everitt played in St Kilda's 1996 pre-season Cup winning side.[1]

Everitt played every match of the 1997 season home and away rounds in which St Kilda Football Club qualified in first position for the 1997 AFL Finals Series, winning the club's second Minor Premiership and first McClelland Trophy.[2]

He won All-Australian selection in 1997, but suffered a collarbone injury late in the year, missing the Grand Final.[3] He again won All-Australian selection in 1998. In Round 2, 1999, at Waverley Park Everitt racially abused Melbourne's Scott Chisholm after kicking a goal. Peter received a $20,000 fine, a self-imposed four-match suspension, a racial awareness training program and loss of match payments. Everitt publicly apologised to Chisholm and his family and to the Aboriginal community.[4]

Hawthorn career

At the end of 2002, Everitt was traded to Hawthorn, after too many off-field discretions and a lack of discipline at the Saints. The Hawks offered him a fresh start, and he became one of the premier tap ruckmen in the competition, winning All-Australian selection in 2005. He was traded to the Sydney Swans for the 2007 season.

Fallout at Hawthorn

In September 2006, it was announced that Everitt would not be playing for the Hawks in 2007. Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said in a statement released by the club that Everitt had failed to reach an agreement with Hawthorn regarding his contract. Everitt had allegedly requested a two-year contract, but Hawthorn was only prepared to offer the then 32-year-old ruckman a one-year deal. The Hawks agreed to seek to trade Everitt with another club.[5]

Consequently, on 13 October 2006, Everitt was traded to the Sydney Swans in the final minutes of trade week in return for draft pick 33.[6] The trade ended strong belief that Everitt would be forced to nominate for the pre-season draft and risk being picked up by another club rather than Sydney following a stall in negotiations between the two clubs.[7]

Everitt spent two seasons at the Swans before retiring after the Swans' semi-finals defeat in 2008.

Media career

Everitt currently co-hosts the number 1 Breakfast Radio Show at 92.5 Gold FM on the Gold Coast as well as formerly being a member of The Home Straight which aired Friday evenings on Gold 92.5 amongst other regional radio stations across Australia until 2012. He is also an AFL commentator on radio with Triple M. He and his wife Sheree also own the hit Travel TV Show The Great Australian Doorstep which airs on Channel 7Two in Australia as well as on the iTunes global platform and is the only Australian Travel TV Show to air in mainland China. They also have Travel Radio Show The Great Australian Doorstep, which airs on 49 TripleM stations around Australia on a Sunday morning.

Statistics

[8]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Led the league for the season only
Led the league after season and finals
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
1993 St Kilda 10131614112541665461221.21.18.64.212.84.20.59.4
1994 St Kilda 10181367536111398570.70.34.22.02.20.43.26.2
1995 St Kilda 10183220143561999291151.81.17.93.111.15.10.56.4
1996 St Kilda 1019412315276228101161392.21.28.04.012.05.30.87.3
1997 St Kilda 1023442525690346135233021.91.111.13.915.05.91.013.1
1998 St Kilda 10244532300111411163224331.91.312.54.617.16.80.918.0
1999 St Kilda 1017222116658224101163471.31.29.83.413.25.90.920.4
2000 St Kilda 101540181294717674151862.71.28.63.111.74.91.012.4
2001 St Kilda 102130242016426598325691.41.19.63.012.64.71.527.1
2002 St Kilda 10121610963613252182641.30.88.03.011.04.31.522.0
2003 Hawthorn 1141771304417467243301.20.59.33.112.44.81.723.6
2004 Hawthorn 12228112039029399436281.30.59.24.113.34.52.028.5
2005 Hawthorn 1221715261121382123465560.80.711.95.517.45.62.125.3
2006 Hawthorn 114531145416858253090.40.28.13.912.04.11.822.1
2007 Sydney 10231591787825693184050.70.47.73.411.14.00.817.6
2008 Sydney 101624924513741201990.10.35.82.88.62.61.312.4
Career 291 383 242 2608 1060 3668 1390 341 4961 1.3 0.8 9.0 3.6 12.6 4.8 1.2 17.0

Personal life

On 12 January 2008, Everitt married partner of seven years Sheree in New Zealand. Everitt has three daughters and a son.[9] His younger brother, Andrejs Everitt, played 131 games at the Western Bulldogs, Sydney Swans and Carlton between 2007 and 2016. Since retiring from AFL, in 2008 Everitt and Sheree have their own TV show called Great Australian Doorstep, in which they travel around Australia by motorhome filming smaller towns with what to see and do.[4] He also competed in the 9th season of Dancing With The Stars and was the first competitor to be eliminated. His son Boston is part of the prestigious St Kilda Football Club Father Son Programme.

References/notes

  1. "AFL 1996 Ansett Cup Grand Final – St Kilda v Carlton". Slattery Media Group. 23 March 1996. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  2. "1997 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  3. Tugwelll, Nikki (7 September 2007). "Jolly good future at Swans". Fox Sports Australia. News Corp. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  4. McFarlane, Glenn (21 March 2009). "Peter Everitt wants to erase a dirty memory". Sunday Herald Sun. News Corp. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  5. Michael Cowley, Michael (6 September 2006). "Age no deterrent to signing ruckman Everitt, says Roos". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  6. "Spida pleased with move north". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  7. Robinson, Mark (13 October 2006). "Hawthorn digs in, Spida fumes". Herald Sun. News Corp. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  8. Peter Everitt's player profile at AFL Tables
  9. Palmer, Scot (13 January 2008). "Peter "Spida" Everitt marries". PerthNow. News Corp. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
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