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Aaron Davey
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Personal information
Birth June 10, 1983 (1983-06-10) (age 26)Darwin, Northern Territory[1]
Recruited from Palmerston (NT)/Port Melbourne
Height and weight 177cm / 72kg
Playing career¹
Debut Round 1, 27 March 2004, Melbourne vs. Hawthorn, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Team(s) Melbourne Football Club (2004-)

117 games, 139 goals

¹ Statistics to end of Round 20, 2009 season
Career highlights

Aaron Davey (born 10 June 1983) is a professional Australian rules football player of Indigenous Australian heritage. He currently plays for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League.

Davey exploded onto the AFL scene, quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting young players in the league, finishing runner-up to the AFL Rising Star in 2004. He is one of few successful top-level footballers to have been elevated from a Rookie List. Davey's representative honours include twice playing for both Australia against Ireland.

Davey's is a cult figure at the Melbourne Football Club and a highly popular player with young Demons fans. Davey's achievements at Melbourne include a Best & Fairest for an outstanding 2009 season. is a and is a recognised leader of Melbourne's young indigenous group of players.

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Early years

Davey, of Indigenous Australian ancestry with tribal ancestry that can be traced to the Kokatha in South Australia[2], was born to mother Lizzie[3] and father Alwyn Davey[4] Alwyn was named after his father.[4] and raised in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Aaron started playing football a forward pocket player in the Northern Territory Football League for the Palmerston Football Club. Aaron's father died when he was nine years old.[4]

Moving to Melbourne to further his prospects of an Australian rules career, Davey trialled with Port Melbourne Borough in the Victorian Football League. After an exceptional debut season in the VFL, Davey was voted the VFL player most likely to succeed AFL level.

Surprisingly however he was overlooked by all clubs in the 2003 AFL Draft. However he caught the eye of Melbourne Football Club talent scouts and was selected at Pick #3 in the rookie draft.

When later asked on Before the Game, why Davey was not selected in the AFL Draft, the Demon's former coach Neale Daniher responded by postulating that clubs were not on the lookout for short indigenous players after the possessionless display of Leon Davis in the 2002 Grand Final.[5]

AFL career

Davey debuted in the 2004 Wizard Cup and played a handful of sensational games before debuting in the senior side in round 1 of that year. In his first AFL game, the lightly built forward kicked a goal and totalled an impressive 13 possessions, receiving a nomination for the AFL Rising Star award.

In his next 15 games, Davey won wide acclaim for his blistering acceleration, evasive footwork and goal sense. He was likened to Essendon Football Club player Andrew Lovett, another young indigenous player. In particular, Davey's ability to run down with explosive acceleration, his hard tackling and his one percenter second and third efforts at the ball earned him the respect of coaches across the league.

Davey formed a potent forward line combination, crumbing the likes of Russell Robertson and David Neitz. He quickly became a cult hero, particularly amongst young supporters, and a face of the Melbourne Football Club.

Davey played the rest of the season until a hamstring injury in round 16 against the Western Bulldogs at the Telstra Dome put him out for 4 games, but returned and played in a losing final against Essendon.

In 2005, Davey played all 22 games and a losing final against Geelong. He was selected for the International Rules series as one of only 3 Demons players. Davey was selected along with Lovett and several other indigenous players in Kevin Sheedy's handpicked squad. Topping off a sensational season, Davey finished 3rd in the club best and fairest behind Travis Johnstone and Russell Robertson.

In that year, Davey won the AFL Players Association Marn Grook Award for Best Emerging Indigenous Player and was one of 3 indigenous players in the Demons line-up to hail from Darwin, including Matthew Whelan and Shannon Motlop. The three played with each other in the local Darwin junior football. The injection of Byron Pickett into the Demons side has provided Davey with a great football mentor and it was about this time that Davey began to show a little onfield aggression.

In 2006, Davey's versatility and added bulk has seen him used in the forward line, midfield and even at times defence. Initially, football commentators on 3AW, especially Rex Hunt, referred to him as "Jack Davey" - a reference to a former Australian radio quiz show host Jack Davey, whose trademark greeting at the opening of the show was "Hi Ho, everybody!" It is not uncommon to hear 3AW replay a soundbite of Jack Davey saying "Hi Ho, everybody" whenever Davey scores a goal. But more recently (2006), he has been widely referred to as "Flash" by many commentators for his incredible pace and acceleration.

In another exciting season, he achieved a total of 3 Goal of the Year nominations, including back-to-back weeks of soccer style strikes[6]

Despite the Demons horror season Davey produced a career best game in round 7 against the Western Bulldogs collecting 29 disposals and kicking 3 goals in which he received 2 Brownlow Medal votes for.

As the season continued the Demons struggled, Davey's increasing aggression saw him suspended for two games for striking Brisbane Lions Troy Selwood at the Gabba in round 15.[7].

He played for the Indigenous All-Stars in the pre-season against Essendon, where he re-injured his hamstring. His 2008 was a struggle with injuries in a year that the club was not performing well.

After starring for the Indigenous All-Stars against Adelaide in the 2009 pre-season, Davey's 2009 season started strongly. Even though his club continued to struggle. Under new coach Dean Bailey, Davey was switched to the midfield with devastating effect. His round 4 performance against Richmond was instrumental to the win.

Achievements

Media Appearances

Davey made an appearance on the AFL Players Revue of the Grand Final edition of the The AFL Footy Show doing a Michael Jackson impression.

In 2009, Davey featured in the official advertisement for the AFL, playing Australian Rules on an basketball court.

Personal Life and Family

Aaron is the older brother of Alwyn Davey, who plays for Essendon and both are cousins of Gavin Wanganeen.

References

  1. ^ VIBE Australia
  2. ^ AFL Record. Round 9,2009. Slattery Publishing. pg 75.
  3. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/aaron-davey-considers-leaving-melbourne/story-e6frf9jf-1225780945073
  4. ^ a b c Flanagan, M., "The Davey pacesetters", Real Footy, May 9, 2007. Retrieved on May 9, 2007.
  5. ^ Before the Game
  6. ^ "Just give Aaron the car now!" aboriginalfootball.com.au July 12, 2006. URL accessed 7 September 2006
  7. ^ Strike costs Davey two matches | Herald Sun

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Preceded by
Daniel Wells
AFLPA Best First Year Player Award
2004
Succeeded by
Brett Deledio
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