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Dempster not one to shy away

When he decided to start playing AFL football living in Mallacoota, Sean Dempster needed to travel for around one and a half hours just to get to training.

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Dempster on track for speedy return

Injured Saint Sean Dempster hopes to be back playing AFL football midway into next season

5:41pm  Oct 13, 2008

Dempster planning speedy return

Sean Dempster has resigned himself to nine months out of the game but is confident he'll return next year

2:04pm  Sep 5, 2008

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Sean
Dempster

Height
191 cm
DOB
20-01-1984
Weight
87 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2014
21
Career
181
Goals
2014
2
Career
20
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1412
Avg
67
SeanDempster

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs:-
Clubs: Sydney Swans (2005-07: 54 games, 8 goals)
Debut: Round 3, 2005 (Sydney Swans) v Brisbane Lions
Recruited From: Gippsland Power
Brownlow Votes: -

Season by season

Season by season

A composed and reliable defender, Dempster came to St Kilda at the end of 2007 from the Sydney Swans.

Since his arrival he has been a consistent and permanent fixture in the Saints backline, earning All-Australian honours in 2012 and finishing seventh in the 2013 best and fairest.

Despite missing three of the first four games due to injury, Dempster finished second behind Nick Riewoldt at the club for total marks, and was often forced to play on bigger opponents due to St Kilda’s injury crisis.

A skilful defender capable of playing on small and tall forwards, Dempster joined the Saints at the conclusion of the 2007 season from the Sydney Swans. Dempster’s fantastic 2012 season saw him awarded with his first All-Australian selection and his second top three best and fairest finish in a row.

Dempster led the club in marks and rebounds from defensive 50 last year, proving to be St Kilda’s most important and versatile defender. In Round 22, he collected a career-high 29 disposals against GWS at Etihad Stadium, further exemplifying his ability to find the footy and propel it forward.

Dempster’s significant improvement in recent years sees him as one of St Kilda’s most valuable players.

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Sean Dempster joined St Kilda at the end of the 2007 season from the Sydney Swans after being recruited in the 2002 National Draft as pick #36 under the father-son rule.

The low-key stopper debuted in his first AFL game in Round 3, 2005 against Brisbane Lions and later that year was a part of Sydney’s 2005 Grand Final premiership team.

He has since played in four more Grand Finals, one more for Sydney and another three for the Saints. Sean originally hails from the coastal Victorian town of Mallacoota. The East Gippslander played junior football with the Snowy Rovers Football Club in Orbost, beginning his football career at 15 years of age.

In 2011, Dempster had his best year in Saints colours finishing third in the Club’s Best and Fairest and winning the Robert Harvey Most Professional Player Award.

The hard working tagger was pivotal for the Saints in successfully negating the influence of opposition danger men.

Outside football, Sean is studying a Bachelor of Science at Deakin University.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 21
    • Kicks 11.2
    • Handballs 5.2
    • Disposals 16.4
    • Marks 6.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 67.2

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Brisbane Lions Rd 6
Handballs 10 Hawthorn Rd 7
Disposals 23 Gold Coast Suns Rd 9
Marks 12 Melbourne Rd 1
Hit-outs 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 19
Tackles 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 20
Goals 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 6
AFL Fantasy 100 Melbourne Rd 1

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Melbourne W 68 - 51 15 7 22 12 0 1 0 1 0 0 100
2 GWS Giants W 95 - 88 16 5 21 7 0 0 0 3 1 0 97
3 West Coast Eagles L 83 - 58 6 7 13 8 2 0 2 2 0 0 60
4 Adelaide Crows L 50 - 136 15 6 21 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 79
5 Essendon W 65 - 81 10 7 17 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 69
6 Brisbane Lions L 79 - 82 16 7 23 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 95
7 Hawthorn L 175 - 30 9 10 19 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 69
8 Carlton L 69 - 101 12 3 15 3 0 2 1 1 0 0 54
9 Gold Coast Suns L 87 - 125 15 8 23 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 87
11 Collingwood L 54 - 140 14 2 16 7 0 0 1 1 0 0 68
12 Port Adelaide L 129 - 59 9 2 11 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 40
13 Geelong Cats L 133 - 37 6 6 12 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 45
14 West Coast Eagles L 70 - 103 12 5 17 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 67
15 Richmond L 73 - 117 15 4 19 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 82
16 Carlton L 151 - 66 3 6 9 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 26
17 North Melbourne L 92 - 33 12 5 17 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 49
18 Fremantle W 118 - 60 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
19 Gold Coast Suns L 117 - 64 10 4 14 8 2 0 1 3 0 1 74
20 Western Bulldogs L 99 - 122 13 4 17 8 0 2 1 4 0 1 87
21 Sydney Swans L 127 - 56 14 7 21 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 76
22 Richmond L 98 - 72 13 4 17 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 82
23 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 17 236 109 345 126 7 7 12 29 2 2 1412

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 181
    • Kicks 7.9
    • Handballs 4.7
    • Disposals 12.6
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 2.5
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 55.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 GWS Giants Rd 22, 2012
Handballs 13 Collingwood Rd 19, 2012
Disposals 29 Fremantle Rd 23, 2013
Marks 16 GWS Giants Rd 22, 2012
Hit-outs 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 19, 2014
Tackles 9 Richmond Rd 16, 2006
Goals 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 6, 2014
AFL Fantasy 140 GWS Giants Rd 22, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 St Kilda 236 109 345 126 7 7 12 29 2 2 1412
2013 St Kilda 200 102 302 113 1 8 14 35 1 0 1256
2012 St Kilda 274 115 389 155 1 12 13 43 0 2 1665
2011 St Kilda 181 140 321 91 2 12 19 73 2 6 1363
2010 St Kilda 91 82 173 73 0 7 11 49 1 2 834
2009 St Kilda 55 43 98 37 0 4 9 32 3 4 489
2008 St Kilda 132 102 234 72 1 12 16 52 3 2 1009
2007 Sydney Swans 91 60 151 52 4 7 11 28 3 4 661
2006 Sydney Swans 82 39 121 41 1 7 15 47 5 2 630
2005 Sydney Swans 91 57 148 42 1 3 13 56 0 1 703

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

National Draft from Gippsland Power: Pick #34 (Sydney Swans), 2002 

AFL Sydney Swans (2005-2007): 54 games, 8 goals

AFL St Kilda: 87 games, 9 goals

Awards

AFL AWARDS:

Sydney Swans premiership side
2005

All-Australian
2012

CLUB AWARDS:

3rd Best and Fairest
2011, 2012

Robert Harvey Most Professional Player
2011, 2012

Facts

  • Studies Biomedical Science at Deakin Uni
  • Didn’t play football until he was 15
  • Has a cheese phobia
  • He’s a country boy and grew up in Mallacoota