Steven Armstrong

Steven Armstrong (born 12 January 1984) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League and current coach of the Subiaco Lions colts team. He has played for the Melbourne Football Club and the 2006 West Coast Eagles premiership team.

Steven Armstrong
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-01-12) 12 January 1984
Place of birth Perth, Australia
Original team(s) Perth
Draft 25th overall, 2001 National Draft
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Position(s) Small forward, midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2002–2005 Melbourne 43 (21)
2006–2008 West Coast 36 (27)
Total 79 (48)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

He was injured in the 2002 Bali Bombing, and bears a scar on his leg from this incident.

Football career

Drafted in the 2001 AFL Draft at pick 25 in the second round, Armstrong made his debut for Melbourne in 2002. He was known for his tenacity around the ball and being a team player. However, after being omitted from the starting line-up several times (playing only 12 games between 2004–2005), he was delisted at the end of the 2005 season.

In 2006 he was thrown a lifeline by the West Coast Eagles by being added to their rookie list. He finally made his debut for the Eagles in round 13 against the Western Bulldogs where he was one of the Eagles' best players for the match. Despite only having 15 disposals for the match, his ferocity on and off the ball was recognised. With tough competition in the Eagles lineup, he was dropped the next week. He made a return in round 17 in the Eagles' 82 point win over minor premiers Adelaide, kicking three goals. Armstrong was selected for the first match of the 2006 finals after kicking four goals the week before. He played in the 2006 AFL Grand Final, and kicked the Eagles' penultimate goal in the final quarter to help his team win by one point.

In 2007, Armstrong had an indifferent season. He started off the season in fine fashion, impressing as a small forward, a position the club has struggled to fill since the departure of Phil Matera in 2005, including a three-goal performance in the round 3 Western Derby against Fremantle. However, one sub-par performance in the club's first loss of the season against Geelong in round 7, saw him lose his place in the team. He was brought back in as a replacement as early as round 9 against Hawthorn, however struggled to cement a regular spot in the team, only filling in for injuries and spent the rest of the season playing for Perth in the West Australian Football League (WAFL).

He played 14 games for the Eagles in the disappointing 2008 season. He was delisted by the club at the end of the season.[1]

In 2009, Armstrong was signed to play full-time for Perth Demons in the WAFL.

In late 2011, after a career spanning 10 seasons, Armstrong announced that he was retiring from football to concentrate on his coaching career. He currently holds the position of Claremont League Assistant.[2]

Statistics

[3]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2002 Melbourne 21374745913337230.50.35.74.510.22.81.8
2003 Melbourne 2188712011123157430.40.46.76.212.83.22.4
2004 Melbourne 264239205910140.70.36.53.39.81.72.3
2005 Melbourne 262026133910190.30.04.32.26.51.73.2
2006 West Coast 3510109736213539151.00.97.36.213.53.91.5
2007 West Coast 3512810967116738280.70.88.05.913.93.22.3
2008 West Coast 351491110710921655430.60.87.67.815.43.93.1
Career 79 48 43 535 445 980 246 185 0.6 0.5 6.8 5.6 12.4 3.1 2.3

References

  1. Wilson, C. (5 September 2008). "Demons likely to call time on Carroll's career". Real Footy. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2008.
  2. "Armstrong to retire and coach". 4 November 2011. Archived from the original on 8 November 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
  3. Steven Armstrong's player profile at AFL Tables Retrieved 22 March 2018.
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