David O'Keeffe (footballer)

David O'Keeffe (born 20 February 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong and the Brisbane Bears in the Victorian/Australian Football League (VFL/AFL).

David O'Keeffe
Personal information
Full name David O'Keeffe
Date of birth (1962-02-20) 20 February 1962
Original team(s) Newcomb[1]
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1982–1986 Geelong 50 (22)
1987–1991 Brisbane Bears 68 (25)
Total 118 (47)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1991.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Recruited locally, O'Keeffe was a member of the Geelong reserves premiership in 1982. A wingman, he had his best season in 1984 when he made 19 appearances, took 70 marks and averaged 14 disposals.[2]

O'Keeffe played in Brisbane's first ever VFL game in the opening round of the 1987 season and a total of 16 games that year.[2] He continued to be a regular fixture in the team and missed just two games in 1989.[2] In their upset win over Hawthorn that season, O'Keeffe played as a full-back and kept Jason Dunstall to three goals.[3]

In 1991, O'Keeffe's final season, he played just four AFL games but finished his career on a high by participating in the reserves grand final win over Melbourne.


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  2. AFL Tables: David O'Keeffe
  3. The Age, "Brisbane achieves the unthinkable", 21 August 1989, p. 35
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