George Moll played one senior game with Norwood as a 19-year-old forward before his football career was rudely interrupted by World War II.
George came into the league team as 19th man for the last match of the 1941 minor round, against North Adelaide on a Norwood Oval mudheap. Norwood romped home by 81 points, 28.12 to 15.9, despite a seven-goal bag by North legend Ken Farmer in his farewell game. George got a run at half-forward when one of Norwood’s best players, rover/forward pocket Charlie Cocks, left the field with a leg injury in the third quarter. Norwood that year went on to win the premiership – its first since 1929.
George joined the Royal Australian Navy on 2 March 1943 and served as an able seaman until his discharge on 21 December 1945. He resumed training at Norwood in 1945 but did not play another league game. He kicked two goals in 19 reserves games spread across 1941, 1948 and 1949. He played for the Norwood Senior Colts in 1938 and 1939.
George was born at the Queen’s Home, Rose Park, on 15 March 1922. He was the first child of Bremen-born Fred Moll and his wife Myrtle, née Geraghty, who at that time were living at Red Hill but later moved to the city. After George came Hazel, Leslie and Lorna.
George married London-born Lilian Harris and they had seven children, Rob, Sandy, Pam, Chris, Gina, Anthony and Kym. George died on 11 February 1999 and is buried at Enfield Memorial Park.
P Robins, G Adams January 2021