Dave Haydon Yields to None

By Ella Watson

The Centrals motto is “Yield to None” and that’s exactly what small defender Dave Haydon does.
 Small in stature, but not in fight Haydon gives 100%.
Haydon’s ability to lay strong tackles and take down large opponents makes him a great asset to the team.
The opposition often underestimates his strength as a key defender and finish up worse for wear because of it. 
Haydon has been between the two grades for the last two seasons, but has shown great skill as a defender this season and seems to have cemented his spot in the league squad. 
Prior to becoming a full time member of the league squad, in 2012 Haydon won ‘Best on Ground’ in the reserves premiership.
“I was in shock, I didn’t think I got a lot of the footy, but I did a few good things on the day.”
Haydon was celebrating the win with his team mates, when he heard his name called out.
“It didn’t really click at first, but when it did it was an awesome feeling.”
One of his mates at the club had told Haydon he was sure to get best on ground, but he never really believed it.
Haydon is a long term member of the club having worked his way up through all the development squads and under 18’s
 “I grew up in the area and was around as a kid when the boys were winning all the premierships, I used to come to the games pretty regularly, so it was pretty exciting to get around the club.”
“We (development squad) used to come out and train after the seniors.”
 “That was the highlight of my juniors back in the day, watching the older guys and aspiring to be like them.”
Haydon believes this is his best season yet.
“Last year I was frustrated with myself not taking opportunities where as this year I thought I was able to step up pretty quickly and perform.”
“It’s been great being in a team that’s competitive and competing for a finals spot.”
“Great bunch of guys, you couldn’t ask for anyone better to play with.”
Haydon describes his style of footy as simple, but aggressive when attacking the ball.
 “I like to keep it pretty simple I’m really driven, I try to compete and be as close to the front if not winning if I can.”
Playing at half back and in the back pocket Haydon is agile and reads the play well, he usually plays on the oppositions small forwards.
 “I usually take the most dangerous small forward.”
 “I’m just a really competitive person and don’t like being beaten.”
Centrals are still sitting 6th on the ladder, but secured an important win last week against Glenelg at home.
“Last week I think we came out and really expected ourselves to win.”
“If we can back it up and win this week then we will be alright.”
This week Centrals take on South at Hickinbotham Oval, Noarlunga.
A win this weekend will push Centrals up into 5th spot and secure a finals spot.  
 “It will come back to how much pressure we can put on them, that has been one of our strengths this year our tackling pressure.”
“If we can bring that and raise it another level I think we’re a massive chance.”
When he’s not playing footy and thinking of finals Haydon is busy studying a PHD in mechanical and sports engineering at University.
I’m doing a PHD at the moment with the Para Olympic Committee; if I could get a job with that it would be awesome.”
“I’m looking to working with the Men’s Wheelchair Rugby team.”  
Haydon will join the rest of the league squad this weekend as they take on South in a do or die game in the race for finals.

 Haydon doing his best work on Centre Wing
 AAMI Stadium Finals series 2012
 Best on Ground Bob Lee Medallist in 2012 Reserves Premiership win v Norwood
As a youngster coming through the ranks
Pictures by Club Photographers. Peter Argent #anotherargentimage   Callum MacKinnon and Michael Young Photography

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