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Peter "Spida" Everitt (born 3 May 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for St Kilda, Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans in the 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.

Career

Early career

Everitt was born and bred on the Mornington Peninsula. He lived for part of his childhood in Wantirna, and won a league best and fairest while playing in the under 10 team for the Wantirna Devils coached by his father, Peter snr.

St Kilda Career

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 AFL Ansett Australia Cup winning side - the club's first AFL Cup win.





Everitt played in 22 of 22 matches in the 1997 AFL Premiership 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 2nd Minor Premiership and 1st McClelland Trophy.



He won All-Australian selection in 1997, and tragically 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 Parkmarker 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.

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 has been 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 to Hawthorn. 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.

Season Statistics

Year Team Number Games Kicks Handballs Total Disposals Marks Tackles Hitouts Goals Behinds Goal Accuracy % Brownlow Medal Votes
1993 St Kilda 10 13 112 54 166 54 6 122 16 14 53% 2
1994 St Kilda 10 18 75 36 111 39 8 57 13 6 68% 0
1995 St Kilda 10 18 143 56 199 92 9 115 32 20 61% 2
1996 St Kilda 10 19 152 76 228 101 16 139 41 23 64% 0
1997 St Kilda 10 23 256 90 346 135 23 302 44 25 64% 5
1998 St Kilda 10 24 300 111 411 163 22 433 45 32 58% 9
1999 St Kilda 10 17 166 58 224 101 16 347 22 21 51% 2
2000 St Kilda 10 15 129 47 176 74 15 186 40 18 69% 4
2001 St Kilda 10 21 201 64 265 98 32 569 30 24 55% 5
2002 St Kilda 10 12 96 36 132 52 18 264 16 10 61% 0
2003 Hawthorn 1 14 130 44 174 67 24 330 17 7 71% 4
2004 Hawthorn 1 22 203 90 293 99 43 628 28 11 72% 6
2005 Hawthorn 1 22 261 121 382 123 46 556 17 15 53% 13
2006 Hawthorn 1 14 114 54 168 58 25 309 5 3 63% 0
2007 Sydney 10 23 178 78 256 93 18 405 15 9 63% 5
2008 Sydney 10 16 92 45 137 41 20 199 2 4 33% 0
Totals 291 2608 1060 3668 1390 341 4961 383 242 61% 57


Personal life

On 12 January 2008, Everitt married partner of 7 years Sheree in New Zealand. Everitt has 3 daughters and a son. His younger brother Andrejs Everitt plays for the Western Bulldogs after being selected in the 2006 AFL Draft. Since retiring from AFL in 2008 Spida and Sheree have their own TV Show called Great Australian Doorstep, where 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.

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