With the 35th selection of the 2009 AFL National Draft, a skinny kid from Tatyoon who played just the one year of TAC Cup footy was headed for Tigerland – almost eight years and 84 AFL games later, David Astbury is set to play a key role in Saturday’s Toyota AFL Grand Final.
The 195cm defender attended school at Caulfield Grammar before joining the Rebels as a top-age player in 2009, where he immediately impressed Rebels talent Manager Phil Partington.
“[David] came to us as an 18 year old, he went to Caulfield Grammar as a 17 year old”, Partington told therebels.com.au earlier this week.
“He played mostly at centre half-back for the Rebels, with a bit of centre half-forward too”.
“He was a really good stopper of the footy, and excelled at Vic Country level as well”.
Whilst Astbury is known as a defender, and is versatile enough to be considered to match up on both Adelaide captain Taylor “Tex” Walker or the mercurial Eddie Betts, he initially made his mark up forward, kicking a career-high three goals in his AFL debut against Melbourne in 2010…so if the Tigers need a forward spark late in the game on Saturday, the boy from Tatyoon could become a hero!
Our Grand Final Rebels schedule for the week looks like this, click on the name for past articles…
Monday – Shaun Grigg
Tuesday – David Astbury
Wednesday – Brad Crouch
Thursday – Matt Crouch
Friday – Dan Butler
Grand Final Day – Daniel Rioli