A high-leaping key forward/defender/ruckman, Brenton Maynard was recruited by Norwood from the Lameroo North Football Club.
In 1983 Maynard played in a premiership for the Norwood Under 19's - the Redlegs easily defeating Sturt in the Grand Final. He played 18 games for the year and was named the team's best and fairest.
For seven seasons Brenton and his younger brother Rodney (Norwood, 157 games / Adelaide Crows, 81 AFL games) drove to Adelaide to train on Thursdays. They would return to the farm that night, work on the Friday and come back to Adelaide in time to play on the Saturday.
Noted for his strong over-head marking, Brenton Maynard would have played many more league games for Norwood but for heavy work commitments on the family farm and a bad run of injuries which included a broken collarbone on three occasions. He ultimately played nearly as many reserves games as he did league, and was a big part of the Redlegs 1985 and 1986 reserves premierships.
Maynard was a fine clubman, but the time eventually came when he could no longer justify periods away from the farm and he announced his retirement from the SANFL. He played his last senior game for Norwood against Sturt in the 1989 Foundation Cup series.
Back with Lameroo North in the Lameroo and Districts Football League (from 1994, Mallee Football League), Brenton Maynard went on to win four Mail Medals as the best and fairest player in that competition.
R Cialini Jan 2017