Alwyn Davey

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Alwyn Davey
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Alwyn Davey
Personal information
Full name Alwyn Davey
Date of birth (1984-05-15) 15 May 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Darwin, Northern Territory
Original team(s) South Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft #36, 2006 National Draft, Essendon
Height/Weight 174 cm / 76 kg
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 29
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007–2013 Essendon 100 (120)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

Alwyn Davey, Jr. (born 15 May 1984) is an Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club of the Australian Football League (AFL) between 2007 and 2013.

Early life[edit]

Davey is of Indigenous Australian descent with tribal ancestry that can be traced to the Kokatha people in South Australia[1] Alwyn was born to mother Lizzie,[2] named after father Alwyn Davey[3] and raised in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Davey played his junior football in darwin. His father died when he was eight years old.[3]

Davey moved to Adelaide to play football semi-professionally with South Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL).

Davey first attracted the attention of AFL talent scouts after the impressive first and second seasons of his brother Aaron for the Melbourne Football Club.

In the 2006 pre-season, Alwyn was invited to train with his brother at Melbourne, and many believed that the club would take a chance on him. The Demons already had a crumbing forward in Aaron and many clubs were averse to drafting short players. Furthermore, by the time of the draft, Alwyn had turned 22. Most draftees are taken at just 18, making him considered old for the national draft. Most therefore had picked Alwyn Davey to be taken by Melbourne as with a rookie selection.

Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy had become particularly interested in the progress of Aaron Davey and since the success of Andrew Lovett, fast indigenous players in general. Davey was drafted by the Bombers in the 3rd round of the 2006 AFL Draft.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

2007[edit]

Davey made his AFL debut in the opening round of the 2007 season, making an immediate impression and played in every game until Round 14.

He has featured several times amongst the Bombers' best including an outstanding ANZAC Day match. In his first 5 AFL matches he got an incredible 5 goal of the year nominations including 2 on ANZAC Day.

Davey became known for his explosive speed. He has been known to take 2.75 secs to run from 0–20 metres.[citation needed] This is thought to be the fastest in the league, even more than speedster Chris Judd. From debut, Davey became one of the shortest players in the AFL.

He quickly earned a cult following at Essendon, gaining the nickname is "Froggy", due to his appearance.

During the round 14 game against Geelong, he suffered a broken arm when crashed into while on the ground by Kane Tenace. The injury forced Davey to miss the rest of the season, and Essendon's form slumped during the period that he was on the sidelines, eventually missing the finals.

At the end of the 2007 AFL season, Alwyn won the AFL Army Award, recognising players who produce act(s) of bravery or selflessness to promote the cause of his team, during a game for his smother and 2nd and 3rd efforts against Hawthorn in round 6. He had 3 of the final 6 nominations in the award.[4]

2008[edit]

While running at training after round Four in 2008, Davey twisted and injured his right knee when changing direction, requiring immediate surgery and making him unavailable for the rest of the season because this would require him to miss between 6 and 12 months. Despite the injury, Davey continued to train but coach Matthew Knights did not risk him.

2009[edit]

In 2009, his defensive pressure in the forward line has been a welcome return to the Essendon squad, currently leading the tackle count.

2013[edit]

In 2013, Essendon Football Club announced that Alwyn Davey would not be offered a contract for the 2014 AFL season.

Personal life[edit]

Alwyn and Aaron Davey are cousins of Brownlow medallist Gavin Wanganeen.[3] Alwyn was named after his father.[3]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of 2012 season.[5][6]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2007 Essendon 29 14 15 10 94 67 161 46 54 1.1 0.7 6.7 4.8 11.5 3.3 3.9
2008 Essendon 29 5 5 1 33 38 71 10 23 1.0 0.2 6.6 7.6 14.2 2.0 4.6
2009 Essendon 29 20 14 13 141 131 272 48 87 0.7 0.6 7.0 6.6 13.6 2.4 4.4
2010 Essendon 29 16 22 14 104 103 207 34 86 1.4 0.9 6.5 6.4 12.9 2.1 5.4
2011 Essendon 29 14 16 8 74 68 142 29 63 1.1 0.6 5.3 4.9 10.1 2.1 4.5
2012 Essendon 29 17 29 21 121 79 200 33 66 1.7 1.2 7.1 4.6 11.8 1.9 3.9
Career 86 101 67 567 486 1053 200 379 1.2 0.8 6.6 5.7 12.2 2.3 4.4
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References[edit]

  1. ^ AFL Record, Round 9, 2009, Slattery Publishing, p 75.
  2. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/aaron-davey-considers-leaving-melbourne/story-e6frf9jf-1225780945073
  3. ^ a b c d Flanagan, M., "The Davey pacesetters", Real Footy, 9 May 2007. Retrieved on 9 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Davey honoured by Army Award nod". 
  5. ^ "Alwyn Davey statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Alwyn Davey of the Essendon Bombers Career AFL Stats". Retrieved 1 October 2012. 

External links[edit]

Awards
New award AFL Army Award
2007
Succeeded by
Brett Deledio