Sunday, July 14, 2013

Who can it be? No. 3

THIS well-known Derwent Valley sportsman completed his schooling in Hobart where he was told to find alternative sports as he couldn’t play football or cricket. He persisted and played football with New Norfolk in 1949, including two senior games. After some indifference with the club in 1951 he went to Upper Derwent on permit for the next season and won their best and fairest award.

He returned to New Norfolk in 1953 and eventually took his game tally to 225 games with that club. He played in most positions on the field, won many club awards and represented the TFL on several occasions. He didn’t play in 1962 but had a final year as a player at New Norfolk in 1963.

The reason he didn’t play in 1962 was because he was appointed as the non-playing coach of New Norfolk, the first local to hold this position. He made a comeback to football in 1967 and kicked four goals for the winning Southern Districts Grand Finalist, Ouse, coached by Bobby Butler.

He later wrote football and cricket columns for the Derwent Valley Gazette for many years. He also played cricket with Lachlan Park, Magra, Gretna, Molesworth and New Norfolk, winning four premierships and captaining some of these teams. He was awarded Life Membership of NNDFC, New Norfolk Old Players and the Derwent Valley Cricket Association and received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his contribution to sport in the Derwent Valley.

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LYN HARRIS

Researched by RAY AITCHISON
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