SANFL report | North Adelaide and Norwood’s finest: Peter Argent reviews

North Adelaide

Past players:

At the Roosters you need to start with the SANFL greatest footballer, AFL Hall of Fame legend Barrie Robran.

A country lad, he became a triple Magarey medallist and twice premiership player who came down from North Whyalla to thrilled SA football public.

An injury late in a state game against Victoria at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1974 robbed the football world of more heroics, although Robran did return with a knee brace and played 201 games for his beloved club.

Robran’s hero in his youth was the high leaping forward from the 1950s and 1960s, the mercurial Don Lindner.

He is yet another of the Roosters true champions from a rural heritage.

Lindner, who received a retrospective Magarey Medal for his performances in ’67 was among the many talents from the Riverland.

Salt of the earth ruckman Mick Redden, a 378-game, twice premiership veteran travelled from the his farm in the mid north hamlet of Pekina, a three and a half hour drive to Prospect during his entire career, which spanned from 1978 to 1993.

Another star from the 1970’s epoch, high marking wingman Barry Stringer would travel from just outside Redhill to play.

Currently on AFL lists are Port Broughton’s George Hewett at the Swans, his younger brother Cameron at the Power and Brisbane Lions Sam Mayes, who hailed from the Ports Bulldogs in Port Pirie.

Jared Rivers is from South Augusta, and won an AFL rising star award while a Melbourne Demon. He played league football with the Roosters in his mid-teens.

Port Pirie goliath Mark Jamar had a 160-game AFL career with predominately Melbourne and five games with the Bombers last season.

Luke Tapscott is from Orroroo, He played league football with the Roosters, before being drafted to the Melbourne Demons.

Reigning North Adelaide reserves premiership coach Craig Brooks played football with the North Clare Roosters.

Current crop:

Skipper of the Roosters for a second season and wearing then famous number 10 jumper, Mitch Clisby is from the ‘Silver City’ starting his football with West Broken Hill.

A Bob Quinn medallist, Jay Shannon is from Tumby Bay, while Roosters 2016 Under 18 Grand Final captain Brayden Kirk, who has impressed during this pre-season, is from Crystal Brook.

Keenan Ramsey has moved to Prospect this season. He is Port Lincoln export, and the 192cm utilities strengths include his ability to play at both ends of the ground.

Midfielder Matt Appleton, who is cementing a spot in the potent Roosters midfield this season, is a Moonta Demon from the Yorke Peninsula.

Former Glenelg and state underage left footer Lewis Hender is from the Keith Crows in the South East.

Sam McInerney, who made his SANFL debut this year hail from the Peterborough-Jamestown Magpies, beating amazing odds, including back operations as a teenager to play at this level.

George and his younger sibling Max Thring are originally South East lads, before coming into the SANFL system. They ventured to prospect Road, after starting at Sturt.

Norwood Redlegs

Past players:

One of the SANFL greatest coaches with a state record 10 premierships under his belt the late Jack Oatey hails from the Yorke Peninsula.

After being rejected by Port Adelaide, he successfully made the grade at The Parade.

Oatey quickly became champion rover and was runner up to the 1941 Magarey Medal. A mentor at the Redlegs, Oatey captain-coached Norwood to three flags 1946-48- 50 directly after World War II before moving on to coach West and Sturt during its golden era.

Neil Craig, the Crows coach following Garry Ayres, is a journeyman who also played league football at Sturt and North Adelaide, after his initial start at the Redlegs is another Yorke Peninsula export.

He also coached Norwood before venturing into the AFL, where has also been at Melbourne, Essendon and Carlton football clubs in coaching capacities.

Ruckman big Bill Wedding is an All-Australian who hails from the Willaston Donnybrooks, just north of Gawler.

Likeable Lameroo lad and recently-inducted Norwood Hall of Famer Rodney Maynard followed his brother Brenton to the Parade, becoming a club best and fairest in 1989 in a 157-game career with the ‘leg. He was also the first Crow to played 50 AFL games, before returning to the bush and dominating in his local Mallee League.

Norwood team of the Century back pocket Michael “Kingo” Taylor came to Norwood as a 15-year-old from the South East town of Kingston, where he had already played senior football.

He won six club best and fairest awards, was a key member of both the 1975 and 198 premierships and had a 289-game league career, between 1972 and 1987.

He also played 92 games with Collingwood between 1981 and 1984.

As a powerful ruckman who came down from Broken Hill, William “Tiger” Potts played in three Norwood premierships and represented his adopted state nine times.

His service was much greater that just his on field heroics. In 1935 he was made head trainer. He totalled 47 years’ service at The Parade up until the day he died.

Current crop:

Versatile and athletic forward, who can ruck as well, Brady Dawe is from Hills club Meadows, while the trio of Best and fairest Ben Jefferies, Andrew Kirwan and Ed Smart are all mates and hail from Onkaparinga Valley Football Club.

Left footed defender Matthew Fuller and talented young midfielder Peter Bampton come from another Hills Football League club, the Lobethal Tigers.

Sam Baulderstone was drafted to Norwood from Mount Compass in the Great Southern League, after impressing in the national country championships of 2012.

He is originally from Central Whyalla, where he won a junior association best and fairest award.

Alex and younger brother Tom Forster are originally from the South East club Kybybolite, but moved up to the city when Alex was in his mid-teens.

From the Redlegs new country zone on the West Coast Tom Charlton from Marble Range is a player to keep an eye on.

Recruit Lewis Johnston started his football with the Ports Bulldogs in Port Pirie, before his football journey took him to Sydney, the Crows and now Coopers Stadium.