Leon Crowhurst was one of a large number of local juniors invited to the 1945 trials as Norwood began its rebuild following World War 11.
He was chosen on the wing in the first trial and showed promise, but in the second trial, when chosen as a rover, he gained prominence. A report of this game said that the champion rover Oatey could be given strong support by Crowhurst, who played brilliantly in the final trial game.
Consequently he was chosen in the first game of the season against North Adelaide. Norwood won by five goals and Leon was one of the goalkickers.
Crowhurst maintained his place for the second game against West Torrens but when the side lost by six goals he was one of those who paid the price by being dropped for the next round.
Two games later, following a spate of injuries, Leon was recalled against Glenelg. A loss and the return of injured players resulted him returning to the seconds for the rest of the season.
Leon did take part in a post season trip to Broken Hill to play against the local league. He was described in the local press as a forward and a local junior.
He took part in the 1946 trials when positions were becoming harder to earn as players like Warhurst were returning from war service.
Leon was selected in the 1946 Association (seconds) training list.
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