IN ACTION: Robbie Davey in full flight with the ball shows the style that has brought him many accolades.
IN ACTION: Robbie Davey in full flight with the ball shows the style that has brought him many accolades. Gerard Walsh

Player of the year plans to kick on

FOOTBALL: Is Robbie Davey the best footballer produced in the men's round-ball game on the Southern Downs?

The answer to that question is like the length of a piece of string.

Originally from Allora, he hails from the same town as arguably the area's most successful women's player, Melissa Willett.

Few could argue his credentials after wins in player of the year awards in two competitions and a runner-up finish in a third in the past decade.

He was first recognised at association level while working in Mt Isa for two years with Osborn Lane Consulting Engineers where he was runner-up in the premier competition player of the year award.

Five years ago, Davey won the Toowoomba Player of the Year award in the premier

division.

Last weekend, he won the Stanthorpe Football Association Player of the Year award in the first Warwick Wolves season in the senior competition.

Davey has not missed a season in more than two decades. He has only missed six or seven games through injury and tries to program holidays away from the football season.

He played for Toowoomba Raiders in colts and reserves as a teenager in the XXXX League, but owing to university commitments, he opted for club football and less training.

"I was good to play against top opposition week in, week out, with the Raiders," Davey said.

At age 28, he has no thought of retiring "until the body breaks down".

"I have been fairly lucky with injuries, I do a bit of running in the off-season," he said.

He gives much of the credit for his success to Gary Scott, who coached him at the Raiders.

"Gary talked a lot about playing with intensity," he said.

From his early years in football, Davey has played in the midfield.

"I like being able to be involved from winning the ball in the backline to the final pass before a goal."

In a senior career that started at 15, Davey has two premierships to his credit, a premier grade flag with Concordia Bulldogs in Mt Isa and one with Warwick in reserves in Toowoomba.

He has played most of his career in the same teams as younger brother Cameron, 25.

On Saturday, both start yet another finals campaign with a major semi-final showdown with Stanthorpe United at Ballandean at 4pm.

"It is amazing Stanthorpe has four clubs and Ballandean one, which shows the interest in the sport in the area," he said.

"They won 3-2 in the last game between the two sides, but we can definitely improve and can claim joint favouritism," he said.

Semis draw at Ballandean

Saturday Major semis

11am: Junior Colts - United v Inter 12.30pm: Colts - United v City2.15pm: Ladies - United v Tenterfield 4pm: Men's - United v Warwick Sunday Minor semis11am: Junior Colts - Ballandean v Carlton12.30pm: Colts - Warwick v Ballandean 2.15pm: Ladies - City v Ballandean 4pm: Men's - Ballandean v Carlton



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