Centre-man for the Riverton High School football team with Magpies Iron-man Lloyd Zucker as his ruckman, Norm “Choc” Davis progressed to the zenith of the code during his era, being a member of the Port Adelaide Football Club’s Jubilee 1951 SANFL league premiership team.
This was the first of nine flags won by the Magpies, coached by the famous Foster Williams.
A Port Adelaide supporter all his life, he played SANFL B grade football with North Adelaide but all he wanted was an invitation to train with the Magpies.
Having previously received invitations from North Adelaide, Norwood, South, West, Glenelg and Sturt, his letter from “Big Bob” McLean to train at Alberton arrived in March, 1949 and he made his SANFL league debut later that season, ironically against North Adelaide.
After two league games he returned to his home club, Riverton for the 1950 season, winning the Mail Medal in the Mid North Association.
Davis returned to Port in ’51.
“After a couple of games in the seconds, I was starting to get a regular game and was beginning to cement my place, when I got injured,” he said.
“I return for the last minor round game, on the bench and was 19th man for both the second semi-final and the Grand Final.
“Due to an injury in the clash against Geelong the VFL Premiers that year I was in the starting 18 the following week.
“I'm only a very small part of Port Adelaide success.”
Davis continued to play with Riverton until 1963, enjoying eight premierships.
He became a dual Mail Medalist in 1952, was a five time A-grade Riverton best and fairest, and is also a Club Life Member.
Davis was club president for 11 years and on the committee for 23 seasons. He was captain-coach of the Magpies for six years and a non-playing coach across senior and under 16s level for 11 seasons.
When the Riverton and Saddleworth-Marrabel Eagles amalgamated and entered the Barossa and Light competition as the RSMU Hawks, Davis coached the new club for five years from 1976.
In over a quarter of a century as a coach he enjoyed 10 premierships and his teams played in 16 Grand Finals.
On top of that he was both captain and coach of the Mid North association team for five years and spent a couple of years in the Barossa and Light Association as A grade representative coach
On top of his football exploits in a full and rewarding life, with his wife Joan (nee Carter) they also had four children, a son Gary who was a more than handy footballer and a good cricketer and three daughters, Pam, Jan and Kaye.
Choc will turn 91 on November 6 and is still a regular attendee at Riverton games.
It is folklore in Riverton that Choc, after Port Adelaide premierships, would drive his tractor up and down the main street with the Magpies club song blaring.