Honest 50 for Davey

 

Abe Davey says he lost count of how many times he found himself staring at his phone the night before a game, waiting for the coach to call and say whether or not he’d been picked to play the following day.

Now in his sixth season with Subiaco, the Esperance product will play his 50th WAFL game this Saturday against East Fremantle.

Davey says cementing his spot in the club’s best 22 hasn’t been an easy task.

“It’s not the best way to prepare for a game, not knowing if you're playing ones or twos and I had to ride that out… particularly in my first few years at the club.”

The 24-year-old captained Subiaco’s colts team in 2008 and also won the Taylor Medal as best and fairest while playing as a midfielder.

The transition to senior football wasn’t as smooth and Davey was made to re-invent his game in order to crack into a star-studded Lions line-up.

“Our midfield was unbelievable when I first got here…names like Pickett, Haynes, Webb, Horsley, Schofield, Fletcher it was impossible to get a look in.” Davey said.

“I worked pretty hard on my defensive side and things started to work out for me a bit more, It’s a pretty big honour to notch up 50 games now, it’s something I’m definitely proud of.”

Davey, one of nine siblings, credits the support he’s received from family when he initially decided to relocated to Perth from Condingup.

“My sister Rachel already lived here at the time so I was lucky with that, but Mum and Dad have had a huge impact in helping me out, not just with footy.”

Davey debuted in 2009 but wasn’t selected in the team that lost the Grand Final to South Fremantle that year.

Two years later Davey got his chance on the WAFL’s big stage.

“Even though we lost, the 2011 Grand Final against Claremont is the highlight of my career. The build up in the week leading in and the atmosphere, it gave us all a taste of what it would be like to win one. Getting that close, it still drives us.”

Davey has honed his skills under four coaches since joining the Lions in 2007.

“They’ve all helped me with my footy in different ways. I definitely enjoyed playing colts footy under Goss (Tim Gossage), those two years is when I remember thinking yeah, I want to be a part of this club.” He said.

“Scotty (Watters) gave me a chance to play with some of the club greats at the back end of the glory years, that’s when I learnt the most and from there Muddy (Chris Waterman) and Webby (Marc Webb) taught me to play a role which got me picked to play in a grand final.”

“And now with Schoey, (Jarrad Schofield) his footy knowledge is second to none so the club is in good hands.” Davey said.

A career based on non-glamorous acts such as tackles, spoils and blocks makes Davey a favourite amongst teammates and in 2012 he was recognised for his selflessness in receiving the highly respected Newton Screaigh Memorial Award.

“If you were going to build a footy club from scratch he’d be the first bloke you’d pick.” said teammate Scott Ward.

“Just being a part of the club is a highlight in itself for me… getting to sing the song and celebrate winning with your mates is what it’s all about.” Davey said.

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