Steve Mazey ‘s moment of football fame came 12 years after he left Norwood when, in 1999, he kicked 27 goals for the West Townsville Bulldogs in a match against the Northern Beaches Lions in the Townsville Australian Football League.
Watched by his visiting mother and father, he registered only four behinds in beating the previous scoring record for the competition, 24 goals by another Bulldogs player, Gary Cox, in 1991. “The main aim is the premiership with the Bulldogs,” said Steve after he was presented with a football signed by his teammates. This duly came to pass, with the Bulldogs going on to win the first of two successive flags.
Born on 22 July 1966, Steve began his senior football career as a tall forward with Woodville, where he kicked five goals in nine games before transferring to Norwood in 1987. He played in two pre-season Escort Cup games and Norwood lost both – indeed, it won only one of its five matches – but he did begin with a goal against North Adelaide.
Steve did not crack the senior side after that but, with 30 goals in 16 games with the Reserves, he tied with Ivan Muster for the Norwood Reserves goalkicker award in 1987
P Robins, G Adams, August 2019
* Picture kindly supplied by John Finn, president of the Thuringa Bulldogs Football Club, Townsville