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.
|Full name||Peter Everitt|
|Date of birth||3 May 1974|
|Original team(s)||Hastings, Victoria|
|Height||203 cm (6 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||103 kg (227 lb)|
|1993–2002||St Kilda||180 (300)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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.
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.
He won All-Australian selection in 1997, but suffered a collarbone injury late in the year, missing the Grand Final. 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.
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.
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. 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.
Everitt spent two seasons at the Swans before retiring after the Swans' semi-finals defeat in 2008.
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.
|Led the league for the season only|
|Led the league after season and finals|
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
On 12 January 2008, Everitt married partner of seven years Sheree in New Zealand. Everitt has three daughters and a son. 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. 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.
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- "1997 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- Tugwelll, Nikki (7 September 2007). "Jolly good future at Swans". Fox Sports Australia. News Corp. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
- McFarlane, Glenn (21 March 2009). "Peter Everitt wants to erase a dirty memory". Sunday Herald Sun. News Corp. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
- Michael Cowley, Michael (6 September 2006). "Age no deterrent to signing ruckman Everitt, says Roos". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
- "Spida pleased with move north". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
- Robinson, Mark (13 October 2006). "Hawthorn digs in, Spida fumes". Herald Sun. News Corp. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
- Peter Everitt's player profile at AFL Tables
- Palmer, Scot (13 January 2008). "Peter "Spida" Everitt marries". PerthNow. News Corp. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
- Peter Everitt's playing statistics from AFL Tables