Dave Trevathan (1912 - 1986)
Southern All Black hero
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
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