Peter Everitt

  • Peter Everitt, AFL Speaker

    Peter “Spida” Everitt is a former Australian Rules footballer who played for St Kilda, Hawthorn and Sydney 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 Bulldogs, he announced his retirement. He finished his career on 291 games.

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About Peter

Peter “Spida” Everitt is a former Australian Rules footballer who played for St Kilda, Hawthorn and Sydney 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 Bulldogs, he announced his retirement. He finished his career on 291 games.

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

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.

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 Swans for the 2007 season

In September 2006, it was announced that Everitt would not be playing for the Hawks in 2007. Hawthorn coach Alistair 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 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 breakfast show at 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 now a Brisbane based commentator on radio with Triple M. His anecdotes from his playing career are hilarious.

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