David Dwyer

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David Dwyer
Personal information
Full name David Dwyer
Date of birth (1964-03-15) 15 March 1964 (age 51)
Original team St Oliver's
Height/Weight 182 cm / 80 kg
Position(s) Winger
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1984-1991 North Melbourne 72 (37)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1991 season.

David Dwyer (born 15 March 1964) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with North Melbourne in the Victorian/Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life and family[edit]

Dwyer went to school at St Joseph's College in North Melbourne and played football with St Oliver's.[1][2]

He comes from a family with a strong connection to the North Melbourne Football Club.[3] His father Laurie Dwyer is on the wing in North Melbourne's Team of the Century and his grandfather Leo Dwyer played 71 games for North Melbourne.[2] He also has a younger brother, Anthony Dwyer, who played with North Melbourne in the 1990s.[4]

Career[edit]

A wingman like his father, Dwyer came into the North Melbourne team in the 1984 VFL season and made 19 appearances.[2][5]

Dwyer kicked the winning goal for North Melbourne in the club's round three win over Carlton at Princes Park in 1985.[6] Carlton led by 16 points in time-on, but North Melbourne' Ross Glendinning managed two quick goals, which was followed by a 35th minute goal to Dwyer, who had marked from a Tony Furey kick.[7] The siren sounded as soon as the ball was bounced in the centre, which gave North Melbourne a 22.15 (147) to 22.13 (145) win.[8] The season would end up being a curtailed by injury, a stress fracture in his foot kept him out of the side for much of the year, but he played in both of North Melbourne's finals games.[5][9]

In the 1986 season, Dwyer played 17 league games, a year North Melbourne missed out on the finals only on percentage.[5][10] Against Collingwood at Victoria Park in round 14, Dwyer broke his nose and suffered concussion when he collided with umpire Ian Robinson.[11]

He made 10 appearances in 1987, then didn't feature at all in the 1988 season, but did play in the reserves, which were coached by his father.[5][12] This was followed by just one appearance in 1990 and three in 1991, his final season.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football". Associated Catholic Colleges. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Holmesby, Russell & Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785. 
  3. ^ "Kangaroos' Dwyer dynasty is still growing". The Age. 5 November 1989. p. 32. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Hillier, K. (2004). Like Father Like Son. Pennon Publishing, Melbourne. ISBN 1-877029-73-4. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "David Dwyer - Games Played". AFL Tables. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "North nudges the Blues out with a late goal.". The Canberra Times (ACT: National Library of Australia). 14 April 1985. p. 6 Section: SPORT. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Australian Football: VFL tempers flare on and off the oval.". The Canberra Times (ACT: National Library of Australia). 15 April 1985. p. 21. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Round 3, 1985". Blueseum - Online Carlton Football Club Museum. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Richmond gives Jess a week off". The Age. 26 June 1985. p. 43. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Lovett, Michael (2004). AFL 2004 - The Official Statistical History Of The AFL. AFL Publishing. ISBN 0-9580300-5-7. 
  11. ^ Smithers, Patrick (30 June 1986). "Hawthorn names rookie in squad for night final". The Age. p. 30. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Norths in 'Best win of season'.". The Canberra Times (ACT: National Library of Australia). 4 September 1988. p. 33. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 

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