Educated at Thorndon High School, Dean Renfrey played seven games for Norwood's Under 17's in 1977, and another 21 the following season. In 1977 he was also a member of the State High Schools Under 16 team.
In 1979 he progressed to the Under 19's, although he still played some Under 17's and one Reserves game. During the season he was a Teal Cup Under 17's State representative. Renfrey played in the 1980 Under 19's premiership.
Appointed captain in 1981, Renfrey had an outstanding season. He won the team's best and fairest and was also awarded the Tomkins Medal as the fairest and most brilliant in the SANFL Under 19's competition. Playing as a utility, he polled 28 votes, which included eight best on ground performances. Unfortunately, the team was beaten in the Grand Final.
Renfrey made his League debut in round 4, 1982, playing eight senior games for the year. He made another 14 appearances in 1983, and four in 1984.
Whilst he found it difficult to cement a spot in the powerful Norwood League teams of the 80's, Renfrey was a dominant player in the Reserves competition. His versatility allowed him to play as a ruck-rover, half forward or as a defender.
In 1984, he was runner-up in the Norwood Reserves Best and Fairest, and won the award the following season.
Although ineligible for the Reserves Magarey Medal in 1985, as a result of a one game suspension incurred during the season, Renfrey led the count with 31 votes but did win Norwood's Reserves best and fairest award.
Renfrey was a key contributor in Norwood's 1985 and 1986 Reserves premiership wins. He kicked six goals in the 1985 Grand Final; the Redlegs beating Woodville 25.15 to 9.9. and was one of Norwood's best players in 1986, when the Redlegs thrashed Woodville 24.13 to 10.16 in the premiership decider.
After playing another seven senior games in 1986, he decided to move clubs in the hope of playing regular League football. Transferring to South Adelaide, Renfrey played 31 games from 1987 to 1990.
He later joined Athelstone in the South Australian Football Association, and was playing coach in their 1995 (SAFA) and 1996 (South Australian Amateur Football League) premierships.
R Cialini July 2017