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Todd DAVEY

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 7
Career: 1994 to 1999
NFC Games: 86
NFC Goals: 18
Debut: v Woodville (Balaklava) 2nd March 1994
Finale: v W-WT Eagles (Football Park) 26th September 1999

Premierships: 1997
 

Todd Davey was born in Adelaide and his family moved to Sydney when he was four years old. He played rugby league at school and junior football for Pennant Hills, and the Sydney Swans U/19's.
 
He returned to Adelaide from Sydney at the start of 1992, eventually deciding to play for Woodville-West Torrens ahead of the Redlegs. Davey had played Teal Cup for NSW in Darwin and had impressed Norwood's secretary, Glen Rosser.
 
Davey played in reserves premierships both years he was with the Eagles (1992/93), but could not make the league team. He transferred to Norwood for the 2004 season and made an immediate impact, playing in all 24 senior matches.

Davey followed that up with another 14 appearances the next year.

In 1995 he was joined at the club by former Woodville-West Torrens team-mates, Troy Clements and Matthew James.
 
In 1996, he finished third in the best and fairest, played 19 games and reached his 50 game milestone.

His enthusiasm, anticipation and attack on the ball, made him a valuable member of the senior team, whether he was selected as a mid-fielder or as a half-back flanker.
 
After the bitter disappointment of the narrow loss to Port Adelaide in the 1996 Preliminary Final, the Norwood Football Club was hell-bent on putting things right in 1997. The season started off poorly for Davey however and he missed most of the year through injury. Davey dislocated his wrist in round two, and later suffered a strained knee. Importantly, he was back in the side for the Grand Final and was able to play in a memorable Redlegs premiership; not that Todd was able to recall the entire game.

A sickening head clash, with Port Adelaide's Simon Tregenza, on the outer wing at Football Park in the third quarter, resulted in both players going off the field and Davey requiring 10 stitches to his face. Earlier in the term he had been involved in a key passage, running down Port's Stephen Carter and kick-starting Norwood's seven goal quarter.
 
In 1998 he was appointed vice-captain, and received the "Five Year Valuable Service Award".
 
Davey played another 17 games in 1999, including the Grand Final loss to Port Adelaide. He was deputy vice-captain for the season.
 
From 2001 to 2002 he was the club's marketing manager.
 
His father Neil played baseball for South Australia and Australia. Todd's grandfather Arthur Radbone was also very well known in baseball circles.

R Cialini May 2018
 


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