After playing a handful of games for the Reserves in 1931, Lancelot Maddern impressed in the 1932 pre-season internal trials. Solidly built, he was a clean ball handler and a good mark.
Maddern made his league debut against North Adelaide, in the opening round of the 1932 season. Named in the centre, he played well enough to keep his spot in the team for the next few rounds before he was forced out with an ankle injury. Maddern played five league games in his first season of senior football. He was best on ground in the Reserves Grand Final.
He struggled to consolidate his position in the League side in 1933, and only played one senior game. However, he was one of Norwood's best players in its narrow loss to West Torrens in the Reserves first Semi-Final and was subsequently named as a reserve for the League side in both the 1933 Preliminary and Grand Finals.
The following year he made another five league appearances, and was in the Norwood party of 25 that travelled to Port Pirie. Norwood ran out winners against the Association side : 11.21 to 10.10.
In 1935 Maddern continued in the Reserves
R Cialini April 2020