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Dave Trevathan (1912 - 1986)

Southern All Black hero

Dave TrevathanDave Trevathan was the son of a Caversham labourer who grew up in Marion Street. He attended Macandrew Road School and left school to become a factory hand. During Otago's great rugby era of the 1930s Trevathan became a legend on the Flat. Playing for the Southern rugby club he was a talented first five eight with a rare ability to kick the ball. He became one of the key players in the great Otago Ranfurly Shield-winning sides of the 1930s. He was a compulsive drop-kicker and his kicks frequently saved Otago from defeat. Otago's toughest defence of the Shield era came in 1938 from Hawkes Bay. The game was a grinding forward battle with little scope for tries. Suddenly Otago secured a line-out near the Hawkes Bay 25 line. The ball was spun out to Trevathan who let fly with a trademark drop goal. This sealed the match for Otago 4-0 and kept the Shield in the south.

Trevathan was every school boy's hero and inspired a mania for drop-kicking in Dunedin Club Rugby in the late 1930s. In 1937 he played three matches for the All Blacks sealing his fame as a Southern rugby hero.

(Star Sports, Allied Press, Otago Settlers Museum Collection)

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