HISTORY OF NFC - 1940 - 1949  
HISTORY OF NFC  
   
 
 

1940 - 1949

1940
Norwood finished fourth on the ladder after winning 8 games and losing 10.
Bruce Schultz kicked his 500th goal with 14 goals against West Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, May 11.
The following 2 weeks he kicked 10 against Port Adelaide at Norwood Oval, May 18, and 10 against
Sturt at Norwood Oval, May 25, and topped it off with 16 goals against Glenelg at Norwood Oval,
August 17.
Schultz's goal kicking partner, Ron Brown, retired after kicking 419 goals in 107 games.
Norwood won the Thirds Premiership, defeating West Torrens 7-1 to 6-6.


1941
After a 12 year wait, Norwood won their 19th premiership, winning 15 games and losing 5,
defeating Sturt 14-16 to 10-11.
The Team
Coach: Perc McCallum
F: Jeffrey Schmelzkopf, Kevin List, Len Foweraker
HF: William Allen, Kevin Hardiman (c), Doug Tugwell
C: Gordon Whittaker, Albert 'Pongo' Sawley, Perc Bice
HB: John Seelenmeyer, Stanley Taylor, Gordon Lawrence
B: Harold 'Dick' Holmesby, Ron Calder, Sandy Roads
Ruck: Bill McCallum, Tom Price, Jack Oatey
Res: Laurie Eaton

Bruce Schultz became the first Norwood player to kick 100 goals in a season, and topped the
SANFL goal kicking list, kicking 4 more bags of 10 or more.
10 versus Glenelg at Norwood Oval, May 24
14 versus South Adelaide at Adelaide Oval, June 14
12 versus West Torrens at Norwood Oval, July 5
19 versus Glenelg at Norwood Oval, July 19.
Schultz had kicked 98 goals after only 12 matches and needing only 2 for the 100, he kicked them
in the first 2 minutes of the next game against West Adelaide at Norwood Oval, but then sustained
a career ending knee injury minutes later in a marking contest.
Bruce ended his incredible career with 669 goals (a club record) in 124 games at an average of
5.4 goals per game, second only to the great Ken Farmer.
In the match Schultz was injured, skipper Kevin Hardiman took over at full forward kicking 10 goals.


1942-44
In the war years, Norwood merged with North Adelaide to compete in the compatriot league.
In 1942, the team finished bottom with 3 wins and 10 losses.
In 1943, the team won 8, lost 7, but won the premiership.
In 1944, the team only won 6 games and lost 9, but still managed to win the premiership due to the
fact all 4 teams played finals.

The premiership teams were:
1943: Norwood-North 12-10, d. Port-Torrens 8-13
Coach: Jack Smith
F: Maurice Arbon, William Isaac, Horrie Searle
HF: Albert 'Pongo' Sawley, James Reilly, Keith Le Page
C: John Bell, Jeff Pash, Stanley Hancock
HB: Myer Solomon, Ross Lush, Gordon Hogan
B: Harold 'Dick' Holmesby, Owen Martin, Tom Price
Ruck: Donald Henderson, Raymond Hoskins, Jack Oatey
Res: Leonard Dangerfield

1944: Norwood-North 9-7, d. Port-Torrens 7-13
Coach: Jack Smith
F: Neville Way, William Isaac, Horrie Searle
HF: Albert 'Pongo' Sawley, James Reilly, Keith Le Page
C: Perc Bice, Jeff Pash, Stanley Hancock
HB: Frank Harby, Duncan McFarlane, Ivan Holliday
B: Harold 'Dick' Holmesby, Owen Martin, Gordon Hogan
Ruck: Raymond Hoskins, Tom Price, Maurice Arbon
Res: Myer Solomon


1945
Resuming after the war, Norwood had a reasonable year winning 11 games and losing 8, finishing
third after being tipped out in the Preliminary Final by West Torrens by 4 points.
Norwood won the Thirds Premiership, defeating Port Adelaide 8-6 to 3-1.


1946
Norwood won their 20th premiership, winning 16 games, losing 3, and by defeating Port Adelaide
13-14 to 9-10.
The Team
Coach: Jack Oatey
F: Ron Williams, Neville Way, Doug Drage
HF: John Bell, Albert 'Pongo' Sawley, Graham Farrow
C: Kevin 'Sam' Gallagher, Lionel Blackmore, Doug Olds
HB: Harry Ralph, Ivan Holliday, Keith Le Page
B: Harold 'Dick' Holmesby, Hubert 'Tom' Warhurst, Brian Burke
Ruck: Peter Dalwood, Eric Matthews, Jack Oatey (c)
Res: Merv Roberts, Alan Giles

Peter Dalwood topped the SANFL goal kicking with 70 goals.
Gordon Whittaker was awarded the Reserves Magarey Medal.


1947
Norwood had a wonderful season winning 16 games and losing only 3 including the Grand Final,
scoring 5-15 to West Adelaide 10-15.
Representatives for the Australian Carnival in Hobart were Kevin 'Sam' Gallagher, Alan Giles,
Doug Olds and Neville Way.
Neville Way kicked 10 goals against South Adelaide at Norwood Oval, September 6.
Norwood won the Thirds Premiership, defeating Port Adelaide 2-9 to 2-4.


1948
Norwood won their 21st premiership, winning 16 games, losing 4, and by defeating West Torrens
15-16 to 6-13.
The Team
Coach: Jack Oatey
F: Lionel Blackmore, Denis Potts, Doug Drage
HF: John 'Mick' Rudd, Ron Williams, Alexander 'Pat' Hall
C: Bill Pedder, Kevin 'Sam' Gallagher, Doug Olds
HB: Merv Roberts, John Marriott, Sidney Hiatt
B: Harold 'Dick' Holmesby, Stewart Teague, Brian Burke
Ruck: Peter Dalwood, Eric Matthews, Jack Oatey (c)
Res: Earl Heidenreich, Ron Reimann


1949
After losing only 1 game from the first 10, the team fell away, winning 12 and losing 7 to finish third.
Jack Oatey was named captain of South Australia.


A Team of the 1940s:
Coach: Jack Oatey
F: Kevin Hardiman (vc), Bruce Schultz, Doug Drage
HF: Graham Farrow, Neville Way, Ron Williams
C: John Bell, Kevin 'Sam Gallagher', Doug Olds
HB: Len Foweraker, Ivan Holliday, Merv Roberts
B: Dick Holmesby, Hubert 'Tom' Warhurst, John Marriott
Ruck: Peter Dalwood, Brian Burke, Jack Oatey (c)
Res: Tom Price, Lionel Blackmore, Albert 'Pongo' Sawley

 
 
 
 
 
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