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Steve Armstrong
Armstrong
DOB
12/1/1984
Height
180 cm
Weight
80 kg
Junior club
Perth/Kalamunda JFC
Arrived
Pick 15 in the 2006 rookie draft
Number
Debut
Round 13 2006 vs Western Bulldogs
(168th Eagles player)
Games
36
Goals
27
Honours
Premiership medal (2006)
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
N/A
Last app.
Round 22 2008 vs Geelong
Departed
Delisted at the end of the 2008 season
Other clubs
Perth (WAFL) 2000-2001,
2006-2011
Melbourne (AFL) 2002-2005
Sandringham (VFL) 2002-2005
Kalamunda (WAAFL) 2016

2006 premiership player Steven Armstrong came from good footballing stock – his grandfather Ken was a premiership player and coach at Perth and his father Gary also played for and coached the club.

Melbourne careerEdit

The third in the Armstrong dynasty was drafted from Perth to the other Demons - Melbourne - in the 2001 national draft after winning the Larke Medal in the national under-18s carnival. He played 43 games for the Dees in four seasons, despite being injured in the 2002 Bali bombing.

West Coast careerEdit

After being delisted by Melbourne at the end of the 2005 season, Armstrong was picked up in the rookie draft by West Coast. Usually a hard-working midfielder, he came into the side mid-season as a crumbing forward , a position the Eagles had struggled to fill after the retirement of Phil Matera and the decline of Ashley Sampi. Armstrong played five of the last six games of the year and held his spot for the finals series, kicking a vital last-quarter goal in the grand final as West Coast prevailed by a point.

Armstrong was in and out of the senior side in the next two seasons, playing 12 games in 2007 and another 14 in 2008. 2008 was probably his best season in an Eagles jumper, with the tenacious utility hitting a purple patch late in the season, averaging 25 touches across four games. Despite that form, his cards were marked and he was delisted at the end of the season.

Post-AFL careerEdit

Armstrong continued on at Perth, captaining the Demons for a couple of seasons before retiring at just 27 years of age to move into coaching as colts coach at Subiaco.[1] He spent 2017 as an assistant coach at Swan Districts,[2] before switching to Claremont in 2018.[3]

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D
2006 10 10 9 73 39 62 135 15 9 Per 12 5 12 215 99 138 353
2007 12 8 10 96 38 71 167 28 16 7 1 5 110 44 95 205
2008 14 9 11 107 55 109 216 43 27 5 4 3 72 33 43 115
Tot 36 27 30 276 132 242 518 86 52
Avg 0.8 7.7 3.7 6.7 14.4 2.4 1.4

ReferencesEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/S/Steven_Armstrong.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Armstrong

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/639

  1. Dale Miller, The West Australian (4 November 2011), "Ex-Eagle Armstrong to coach Subiaco colts": https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/ex-eagle-armstrong-to-coach-subiaco-colts-ng-ya-142181
  2. Belinda Cipriano, Eastern Reporter (17 October 2016), "Swan Districts add former AFL premiership players Steven Armstrong and Xavier Ellis to coaching staff": https://www.communitynews.com.au/eastern-reporter/sport/wafl-swan-districts-add-former-afl-premiership-players-steven-armstrong-and-xavier-ellis-to-coaching-staff/
  3. Bryce Luff, Western Suburbs Weekly (20 March 2018), "Claremont ready to pounce back up the ladder": https://www.communitynews.com.au/western-suburbs-weekly/sport/wafl-preview-claremont-ready-to-pounce-back-up-the-ladder/