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Key Facts

Full name
David Dench

Known as
David Dench

23 August 1951 (age 72)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 17y 330d
Last game: 32y 228d

Height and weight
Height: 191 cm
Weight: 89 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 44, 23

David Dench

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1969-1984275290.1152%9.694.042.9954

AFL: 8,197th player to appear, 158th most games played, 3,027th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 618th player to appear, 11th most games played, 201st most goals kicked

North Melbourne recruited David Dench from West Coburg and he rapidly developed into one of the best full backs of his era. A superb mark, and extremely hard to beat one on one, he also knew when to back his judgment and embark on telling forays down field.

Dench made his VFL debut with North in 1969 while still only 17. Two years later he won the first of his four club best and fairest awards.

Among the best players afield when the 'Roos beat Hawthorn in the 1975 Grand Final to annex their first VFL flag, Dench was acting captain of the club's second premiership team against Collingwood a couple of years later. He was a regular member of VFL interstate, and later Victorian state of origin, teams, and seldom lowered his colours.

Author - John Devaney


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