Games Played 101
Career 1998 - 2005
Date of Birth 25/10/1975
AFC Debut Number: 89 AFC Debut Game: Round 1 v Carlton, 1998
AFC Career Guernsey Number: 19
In the space of 12 months Mark Stevens went from a North Melbourne fringe player to a Crows premiership player after winning the 1998 grand final against his old club.
Stevens, from Heyfield, Victoria, played just 21 games in three years with North Melbourne before he was traded to Adelaide at the end of 1997. A key position player who had faced plenty of competition at North, he quickly became an important tall option for Adelaide, playing in defence in the 1998 premiership win. He finished fourth in the best and fairest in1999 but broke a leg early in the next season before returning for the SANFL finals.
The following year Stevens returned to the AFL in style, finishing runner-up to Andrew McLeod in the 2001 Club Champion award (he polled votes in every game he played), and he was placed third in 2003. His importance to the team was recognised by him winning the Club’s Best Team Man Award twice. Injury troubles returned, however, restricting him to only 13 games in his last three seasons and he retired in 2005.