Donald Dickie was born in New Zealand and is one of only a few Maori Australians to have played in the SANFL and AFL.
Dickie had played for several other clubs before arriving at Norwood in 1996.
He began his football career with Smithfield, north of Adelaide, prior to joining Central District's Under 17's. After spending some time in the Border Districts in south east South Australia, he joined Sturt in 1993, where he played four league games. In 1994, Dickie did a pre-season with Port Adelaide Magpies, and followed that with a stint at Riverton Football Club.
Under Norwood coach Peter Rohde, the classy wingman was an instant success with the Redlegs. Making his Norwood senior debut in Round 4, he showed brilliant form from the start, combining blistering speed and fierce tackling, with clean ball skills. Dickie made 20 League appearances in 1996.
His performances drew the attention of AFL scouts and the following season was selected in Port Adelaide Power's inaugural squad.
Dickie went on to play 55 AFL games between 1997 and 2000 and added another 16 SANFL games for Norwood over the same period.
He was later appointed as an assistant coach for the Sturt Football Club.
R Cialini Aug 2015