Victor CAVE


Guernsey Number: 21
Career: 1921 to 1922
NFC Games: 7
NFC Goals: 7
Debut: v West Adelaide (Norwood) 21st May 1921
Finale: v East Perth (Norwood) 26th August 1922


 Alfred Victor Cave attended Unley District High School where he showed early promise as a first eighteen footballer.

On leaving school, he played three seasons for the Kenilworth Football Club in the Amateur League competition.
Cave enlisted in the 10th Battalion in 1916 and saw active service in France before he returned to Australia in 1919. He then joined the South Adelaide where he played for the B team (Reserves). Transferring to Norwood, he made his League debut in round three, 1921.
Very much a utility, Cave preferred to play on the wing, where he could pit his skills against his direct opponent. The outstanding features of his play were his clean ball-handling, and more particularly his accurate stab passing.  He struggled to cement a spot in the powerful Norwood side of the time, and only managed seven League appearances.

In 1922, Cave won the Woolley Medal, as the leading goal-kicker in the B Grade (Reserves) competition. Cave's last game for Norwood was against East Perth, late in the 1922 season. Playing as a wingman, he was among Norwood's best players.
He moved into the Sturt district in 1924 and was eventually cleared by Norwood in the middle of the year. Whilst awaiting for his transfer to be approved, he had played for Blackwood in the Mid-Southern Association.
Cave played 37 games for Sturt, and was a valuable member of its 1926 premiership team.

R Cialini May 2015

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