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Stephen "Steve" Malaxos (born 19 June 1961) is a former Australian rules footballer and coach from Western Australia. While playing for Claremont in the WAFL, he won the 1984 Sandover Medal. Malaxos was an All-Australian with Claremont in 1986 and while he was with the West Coast Eagles in 1988. He was the inaugural fairest and best player at West Coast (1987), holds the Eagles' record for the most possessions in a game (48) and captained the club in 1990.[1]

Malaxos is now head coach at East Fremantle, after successfully coaching the colts team to a premiership in 2010 . In 2005, he was inducted into the Western Australian Football Hall of Fame.

He began his senior career as a forward in 1979, with Claremont—at the time a strong club in a strong competition, before the era of the Australian Football League. Malaxos was a 1981 premiership player with the Tigers, and won the club trophy in both 1983 and 1984. He was Western Australian Sports Star of the Year in 1984, after winning the Sandover.[2]

In 1985, Malaxos was recruited by Hawthorn in the VFL. He went to Glenferrie Oval as the all-Australian captain, but struggled for an opportunity in the powerful Hawks line-up. Malaxos was a Reserves and night premiership player with the Hawks but returned to Claremont at the end of the season after playing only nine senior games.[3]

At the end of the 1986 season, West Coast, due to enter the competition at the start of the 1987 season added him to their inaugural list. The Eagles were required to pay the Hawks a $35,000 clearance fee.

In Malaxos's inaugural season at West Coast he played 21 games; in round 22, against Essendon, he collected his record of 48 possessions.

In 1990, Malaxos played 20 games during the home-and-away season, including the club's historic drawn qualifying final against Collingwood, and the replay a week later. Despite being captain, Malaxos was dropped for the remaining finals matches, and replaced as captain by John Worsfold. He did not add to his total of 66 games for West Coast, but was on the club's list for the 1991 season

During 1991, he played his 150th game with Claremont. In 1992, he transferred to East Fremantle. He won three club fairest and best awards with the Sharks, and played in premiership sides in 1992 and 1994.

In 1999, Malaxos was appointed as coach of the Sydney Swans reserves team in the AFL. In 2004, Malaxos was appointed to an assistant coach's position with Fremantle in the AFL, a position he left in 2009.

Malaxos was inducted into the Western Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
References

^ "WA Today Football – Malaxos to leave Dockers". 2009. Retrieved 2010-09-12.
^ "Western Australian Sports Federation – Sports Stars of the Year from 1956". 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-12.
^ Malaxos (Claremont, Hawthorn, West Coast, East Fremantle) "Full Points Footy – Steve Malaxos". 2008. Retrieved 2010-09-12.

Source

Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.

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