Kyabram Free Press
From fill-in to leader
Eleven years ago, Tom Davies was filling in for the Lancaster under-17 football team alongside his older brother.
In the coming weeks the Lancaster co-coach, alongside Corey Carver, could be the third Wombat to win a Kyabram District Football League best-and-fairest in a premiership year.
The 25-year-old father of three was just 14 when he filled in alongside brother James in the yellow sash.
The youngest of former Wombat Warren Davies’ sons, Luke plays at half-back in the senior team and is also enjoying a good season, having played every game.
Tom has had a bit on this year, not only coping with all the demands of COVID-19 lockdowns and the complications they have caused on a football front, but also the arrival two months ago of twins Finn and Indiana.
They, along with two-year-old son Lennox, have he and partner Jadeja well and truly on their toes.
If he can pull off a Mcnamara Medal win it will be the third successive such achievement in a “one year” for the Wombats. Andrew Thomas (2001) and Steve Thomson (2011) were league medallists who won the award in a premiership season.
Davies, a cabinet maker by trade, is a well travelled footballer and is highly regarded not only in the country Victorian ranks, but also the Northern Territory.
He had four seasons in the NTFL, three of those with the NT Thunder and is a best-and-fairest winner with both Palmerston and St Mary’s in the renowned northern league.
Injuries cut short the remaining two seasons of his time in the Northern Territory
His father, Warren, played only the one season at Lancaster, but played more than 200 club games for Kyabram (at least half at senior level).
“I played 35 games for the Thunder and that was with Cammy Illet, Darren Ewing and a year with Jack Monegetti, who are now all at Tonny (Tongala),” Tom said.
“I played against the likes of Kyle Winter-irving, Tom Holman, Michael Barlow, Jayden Clark, Daniel Bowles, Jason Cole one year, Daniel Russell and Nik Rohkar who are all from the Goulburn Valley area,” he said.
At Lancaster, Davies played his first senior game in 2013, as a 17-year-old, and finished fourth in the club’s senior best-andfairest.
It was the same year as he was prominent in the club’s under 17 premiership win.
He has twice been a runner-up in Lancaster’s best-and-fairest, something he looks likely to go one better in this season.