Peter Oatey played his junior football with Kings College where he captained the football and tennis teams. He made his League debut in Round 1 of the 1965 season.
His early games were as a half-forward flanker, mainly due to the presence of the powerful roving combination of brother Robert Oatey and captain-coach Haydn Bunton.
Oatey suffered a serious ankle injury in a 1967 trial game, which forced him to miss the entire season.
While he later played most of his football as second rover to Robert Oatey, Peter played the 1969 season in the centre.
Back roving in 1970, he was named Norwood's Most Consistent player for the season.
A creative handballer with sure hands, and an accurate kick, he played his 100th League match in 1971.
While playing League football, Oatey graduated from the Adelaide University Medical School as a Bachelor of Medicine, and represented the State at tennis.
In 1972, after seven seasons and 120 games, Peter Oatey retired prematurely from League football, because of increased work commitments.
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