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Nathan Burke (born 6 February 1970) is a former Australian rules footballer and current coach of the Western Bulldogs team in the AFL Women's competition (AFLW). He was a tough rover who always backed himself in a contest and was one of the most courageous footballers to play for the St Kilda Football Club. He set the club record for most games at his retirement, with 323 games which was broken by former team-mate Robert Harvey in round 7, 2006. His tough playing style led to him using a helmet. In 2019 he was elevated to Legend status in the St Kilda Hall of Fame. One of only 9 Saints to achieve this honour. Burke's uncle Nick Bloom also played for St Kilda.
|Full name||Nathan Burke|
|Date of birth||6 February 1970|
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (187 lb)|
|1987–2003||St Kilda||323 (123)|
|2020–||Western Bulldogs (AFLW)||0 (0–0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2003.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
VFL/AFL playing careerEdit
He started his football playing career with the Pines Football Club. His professional career spanned 1987–2003 despite missing most of 2002 with a knee injury, with Burke deciding to retire late in the season, in the Round 18 clash with Richmond, which the Saints won by 80 points. It was also notable for the fact that the coaching panel of Richmond that day included fellow St Kilda teammates Danny Frawley and Stewart Loewe, who stayed on the ground in honour of Burke following his parade lap (with Alex Lloyd's "Amazing" played at the ground).
He is also a regular expert commentator on ABC Grandstand football coverage, an AFL analyst for Fox Sports News, and co hosts the Sunday Session on ABC radio. He is a feature article writer for Inside Football magazine also. This work complements his corporate guest speaking and school programs.
In 2015 he rejoined the AFL Match Review Panel, a role he held prior to joining the Board at St Kilda.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievementsEdit
|Brownlow Medal votes|
|Green / Bold = Won|
- "'Hard' Bloom passes". afl.com.audate=2011-07-26. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- "AFL 1996 Ansett Cup Grand Final – St Kilda v Carlton". Slattery Media Group. 23 March 1996. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- "AFL 1996 Ansett Cup Grand Final – St Kilda v Carlton – St Kilda holds up the trophy after winning the 1996 Ansett Cup". Slattery Media Group. 23 March 1996. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
- Nathan Burke's player profile at AFL Tables
- Nathan Burke's profile on the official website of the St Kilda Football Club