J. Townsend was named in the Norwood 18 to play the newly formed Sturt team on the Norwood Oval in the opening round of the 1901 season.
The following week he played against South Adelaide on the Adelaide Oval. Norwood won by 63 points in front of a moderate crowd.
On June 1, 1901 Townsend played in the second half of the match against West Adelaide. A large crowd at Norwood saw the home team win by 27 points
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