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Patrick Tocaciu was recruited from Mount Gambier as a youngster in 1969, Pat played in the junior grades at the club for a number of years before taking time off from North to study to become a winemaker.
In 1976 Pat had completed his studies and returned to North Adelaide where he played 16 reserves games before making his league debut as a mature 24 year old in round one of 1977. Such was his impact in his first year of league football that Pat was awarded the Harrison Trophy for the league team’s best first year player. Pat went on to play 51 games at North, scoring 40 goals. He is best remembered as a barrel chested full forward or full back and became an iconic figure at North Adelaide.
Away from football Pat has had a very successful career in the wine industry. He spent over 10 years as the chief winemaker at Tollana wines and was then senior winemaker at Penfolds. In April 2004 he took the plunge and established his own winery near Penola, not far from where he grew up, producing wine under the “Patrick T” label and more recently under the label “Patrick”. In Pat’s own words:
“It’s always a winemaker’s dream to complete the story – to grow, make and sell your own produce. It’s taken me a number of years to get to that point, but we’re now at a stage where that dream is reality. I feel an enormous sense of accomplishment."
His wines continue to win numerous awards and he enjoyed a fine reputation as a very successful and well respected chief winemaker. James Halliday, the doyen of wine judges in Australia, rated his wines as excellent.
Unfortunately the amiable Pat was dogged by ill health in his final years, but his old teammates and friends were thrilled to catch up with him at the 1971 and 1972 premiership reunion in August 2012
Patrick became a Platinum Sponsor with the North Adelaide Football Club which resulted in his wines featuring prominently at Club functions and in our Venues. Patrick was delighted to finalise the sponsorship late last year, describing it as his dying wish.
Pat Tocaciu passed away at age 59 in 2013.
The Club salutes a past player who made a success of every facet of life but most of all we will remember one of life’s truly great blokes.
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