DOB: 29 September 1915
Died: 8 March 2000
From: Thornbury CYMS/Fitzroy/Northcote
Number: 29 1939-1942
Games: 46 (82 games)
Goals: 27 (56 games)
Richmond had missed out on him in 1937, and O'Keefe missed all of 1938 after being injured in a VFA representative game. He won a premiership as a reserve in his first season before repeating the feat as a field player in both 1940 and 1941. His 1940 Grand Final is remembered for taking Richmond's Jack Dyer out of the game. Dyer had nearly knocked Norm Smith out in the Semi Final and Checker Hughes decided to use O'Keefe - a former champion police boxer - as his shadow. With O'Keefe playing bodyguard to his teammates the Demons won a famous Grand Final victory.
He played in two more premiership victories before finishing his career with 33 games at Hawthorn and 3 at South Melbourne. In between his time at Hawthorn and South he played in Tasmania. In 1947 he captain/coached Hamilton to a premiership, and when the club split over the question of whether to appoint Fred Fanning for 1948, O'Keefe left to captain/coach the newly formed team Imperials. He returned to Northcote in 1950.
|Round 3, 1942||Elbowing||Not Guilty|