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Duncan FOSDIKE

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 25
Career: 1981 to 1991
NFC Games: 176
NFC Goals: 105
Debut: v Sturt (Norwood) 4th April 1981
Finale: v W-WT Eagles (Football Park) 7th September 1991

Premierships: 1982, 1984
NFC Life Member
Tomkins Medal: 1980
 

A highly-skilled, elegant footballer, Duncan Fosdike joined the Redlegs in 1979, playing 17 games for the Under 19's. He had previously played his junior football at Jamestown, Penola, Brighton High School, and Sacred Heart College.

Fosdike had an outstanding season in 1980. Not only did he captain the Under 19's to a premiership, but he also won the team's best and fairest award and the Tomkins Medal for the best and fairest player in the competition.
 
He made his League debut in the opening round of 1981. Playing as a ruck-rover against Sturt at the Parade, Fosdike used his penetrating left-foot kicks to great effect. Equally suited to a wing or resting on a half forward flank, he quickly became a regular member of the League team.
 
Playing as a wingman, the classy Fosdike was an integral part of the 1982 and 1984 premiership teams. The second flag would have been particularly satisfying, as the "History-Makers" came from fifth position to win the Grand Final against Port Adelaide.
 
He played his 100th senior game against West Adelaide in 1986 and eventually retired after 11 seasons of League football. His career total of 176 appearances would have been much higher, if not for the annoying hamstring injuries that hampered him over the years.
 
Duncan Fosdike was preceded at Norwood by his father Bob (141 games, 1951-61), and uncle Leonard (5 games, 1949). His brothers Simon (1 game, 1984 and South Adelaide 3 games), and Craig (Reserves), also had stints at the Parade, as did Craig's sons Nick (13 games, 1998 and Sydney 164 games) and Matthew (Reserves).
 
After retiring from League football, Duncan Fosdike transferred to Sacred Heart Old Collegians, promptly coaching them to the 1993, A2 South Australian Amateur Football League premiership.

R Cialini Dec 2014

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