Full Name: STEPHEN PIRRIE
Date of Birth: 23/03/1961
Height: 191 cm ( 6-3 )
Weight: 92 kg ( 14-7 )
Debut: 19/06/1982, Round 13, Essendon
Last Game: 31/03/1984, Round 1, Footscray
Seasons: 1982, 1984
Total Games: 11
Total Goals: 0
Total Games: 12
Total Goals: 9
Stephen was a well built, athletic full-back who was a strong mark and fine kick. He started his football career with Kew Juniors and also gained selection in the 1975 Victorian Schoolboys’ team which played in New Guinea. In 1978, he moved to Hawthorn where he played in the thirds and seconds. After two seasons he crossed to Old Xaverians where he spent the 1980 and 1981 seasons under former Richmond ruckman Michael Green. He attracted Richmond’s attention when his outstanding form earned him the “A” Grade Best and Fairest award, the “Woodrow Medal”. Stephen joined Richmond in 1982 and made his senior debut after 12 games with the reserves. He immediately established himself at full-back before being struck down with a severe leg injury during the last game of the 1982 season, against North Melbourne. The injury forced him to miss the Finals’ series and the entire 1983 season. Up until that stage of the season Stephen’s form had been excellent and he later won the Best First Year Player award.
To his credit, he forced his way back into senior football, but the injury had taken its toll on his mobility. The Richmond brains trust treated him very harshly by sacking him after his first game back from injury. Richmond lost the match against Footscray in Round 1 of 1984 and Stephen was dropped from the list as a result. He later had brief stints with Essendon, St.Kilda and Port Melbourne before returning to coach his original team, Kew Amateurs. Between 1991 and 1993, he served as Brian Taylor’s assistant coach at Prahran.
Stephen was also a fine athlete who won the Associated Public Schools Under/15 800 metres. He is currently working in the advertising industry as well as having a financial interest in a suburban hotel. His father, Kevin, played 10 games for Hawthorn between 1941 and 1946.
Kew Juniors 1974-77 ( Honours - Hawthorn Districts Competition U/13 Best & Fairest 1974 ) ; Hawthorn Thirds 1978 ; Hawthorn Resrves 1979, Games 4, Goals 3 ; Old Xavierians 1980-81 ( Honours - Premiership 1981, Club Best & Fairest 1981, Competition Best & Fairest 1981 ).
St Kilda Seniors 1984, Games 8, Goals 0 ; St Kilda Reserves 1984, Games 8, Goals ; Essendon Seniors 1985, Games 1, Goals 0 ; Essendon Reserves 1985-86, Games 22, Goals 11 ; Port Melbourne 1987, Games 2, Goals 8 ; Kew Amateurs Coach 1989-90.