Steven King (footballer)

Steven King (born 22 November 1978) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Geelong Football Club and St Kilda Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is currently serving as the midfield coach of the Western Bulldogs.[1]

Steven King
King in August 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-11-22) 22 November 1978
Place of birth Shepparton, Victoria
Original team(s) Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)
Debut Round 5, 27 April 1996, Geelong
vs. Richmond, at Skilled Stadium
Height 202 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996–2007 Geelong 193 (75)
2008–2010 St Kilda 047 0(8)
Total 240 (83)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2010.
Career highlights

AFL

Geelong Football Club

Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

AFL career

Geelong

Debuting as a 17-year-old with Geelong in 1996, King was a gifted ruckman. He won All-Australian selection and won the Carji Greeves Medal in 2000 and again in 2002. He was captain of the club between 2003 and 2006. In 2005, King was hit by numerous injuries, which affected his form.

A moment of controversy occurred in King's career in the 2005 Elimination Final, when he accidentally kicked Melbourne's Jeff White in the head. Both men were contesting a boundary throw in, and it was knocked to the ground. King was the man in front, and when the ball bounced up to head height, he took a mighty swing at it with his right foot. He missed the ball completely, but connected with White's face, giving him injuries which have been described as "equivalent to those of a car accident victim," requiring White to have several plates and screws inserted.

Media commentators and fans were largely divided about whether King should have faced the tribunal for kicking, historically the most heavily penalised infringement whether accidental or intentional. Eventually, the Match Review Panel decided that he had no case to answer, and he was free to play in the semi-final against Sydney the following week. Somewhat ironically, a hamstring injury in the third quarter of that game coincided with a Sydney comeback, and eventually victory.

King fell out of favour in 2007, playing only a handful of AFL games and was dropped to the Victorian Football League (VFL) in favour of Brad Ottens and Mark Blake. In round 18, playing in the AFL when Ottens was rested, he took a mark over goal umpire Michael Hammond – an awkward half-speckie/half-collision which sent the umpire crashing to the ground; for the second time in his career, despite the AFL's generally strict application of the rule prohibiting contact with field umpires, King avoided tribunal action, with the Match Review Panel deeming that the goal umpire had contributed to the clash, due to the fact that he moved towards the ball as it began to fall.

King continued to perform strongly in the VFL, and played in the Cats' 2007 VFL premiership against Coburg on 23 September. Following weak finals performances by Mark Blake, King received a recall to the senior team for the AFL Grand Final, despite Blake having played more games during the season. King then participated in the Cats' 2007 AFL premiership win against Port Adelaide on 29 September, giving him his second premiership medallion within seven days.

St Kilda

Following Mark Blake re-signing as the number two ruckman, King was offered a one year contract on reduced pay, which he declined. Lacking space in their salary cap, Geelong then asked King to retire,[2] but eventually traded him, along with Charlie Gardiner, to St Kilda for a sixth round selection in the 2007 national draft (nominally number; not used).

King played in St Kilda’s 2008 NAB Cup winning side – St Kilda's third pre-season cup win.[3][4] He played 22 games in 2008 and carried St Kilda's ruck division with 408 hitouts.

King played in 16 of 22 matches in the 2009 season home and away rounds in which St Kilda qualified in first position for the 2009 finals, winning the club’s third minor premiership.[5] St Kilda qualified for the 2009 AFL Grand Final after qualifying and preliminary finals wins. King played in the grand final in which St Kilda were defeated by 12 points by his former club Geelong.

On 16 September 2010, King announced his retirement. He played six games for the year, but was being kept out by emerging ruckman, Ben McEvoy.

Personal life

King married his longtime girlfriend and former Price Is Right model, Danielle Atkin, in October 2008. They have two sons, Oscar William, born in July 2009 and Harvey Leo, born in October 2017. They also have a daughter, Dahlia Janys, born in August 2011.

Statistics

[6]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
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)
1996 Geelong 11332815513638131130.20.26.24.210.52.91.08.7
1997 Geelong 122852029129394242000.40.29.24.113.34.31.19.1
1998 Geelong 1111289471366091300.10.28.14.312.45.50.811.8
1999 Geelong 11714121346019463291930.80.77.93.511.43.71.711.4
2000 Geelong 123121025212037282434930.50.411.05.216.23.61.921.4
2001 Geelong 1161131618124276403280.70.210.15.115.14.82.520.5
2002 Geelong 122149237135372100525310.60.410.86.116.94.52.424.1
2003 Geelong 11324958017549293410.20.37.36.213.53.82.226.2
2004 Geelong 116641266719355403690.40.37.94.212.13.42.523.1
2005 Geelong 118301408522569302710.20.07.84.712.53.81.715.1
2006 Geelong 116111169721367232140.10.17.36.113.34.21.413.4
2007 Geelong 16011840581822810.00.23.06.79.73.03.713.5
2008 St Kilda 2225413111024170604080.20.26.05.011.03.22.718.5
2009 St Kilda 21931818516643432860.20.14.34.58.72.32.315.1
2010 St Kilda 26002226481411820.00.03.74.38.02.31.813.7
Career 240 83 58 1885 1179 3064 898 468 4040 0.3 0.2 7.9 4.9 12.8 3.7 2.0 16.8

References

  1. "Assistant Coaches". westernbulldogs.com.au. Western Bulldogs. Archived from the original on 29 June 2015. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
  2. Geelong tells King to retire – Geelong Advertiser
  3. "St Kilda wins NAB cup". The Age. 8 March 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  4. "Saints are NAB Cup Champions in 2008". Jeld-Wen. 8 March 2008. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  5. "2009 Season Scores and Results – Ladder". AFL Tables. 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2009.
  6. "Stephen King". AFL Tables.
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