The year we won our sixth premiership
Norwood’s dominance of the Association continued as it played 16 matches, winning 12, losing 3 and drawing one. The defeats were inflicted by South Park (2) and by Port Adelaide. The other teams competing in the 1883 season were South Adelaide and North Adelaide.
In what was an unusually long season of five months, due to the new requirement that teams play each other four times, Norwood’s overall superiority saw the team kick 59 goals for the season, well ahead of Port Adelaide on 31 goals.
In June, Norwood recorded an outstanding victory against the powerful Essendon side at Kensington Oval, beating the visitors 5 goals to 1 goal.
Norwood and Port Adelaide met in the deciding match of the 1883 season at Kensington Oval on Saturday 22 September. On a fine day, before a large crowd, Norwood kicked 1 goal 11 behinds to Port’s 6 behinds in the first half and it looked as if the defending premier’s inaccuracy could be costly. The second half however belonged to Norwood who added 4 goals to the Majentas 1 goal with the final scores being Norwood 5 goals 22 behinds; Port 1 goal 7 behinds. Watson was named best on the field with Everitt, Waldron, J Woods, Liston, Chandler and Pollock among the best for Norwood. The goals were kicked by Roachock , Watson, Dixon, Pollock and Letchford
Leading players in the 1883 season were the captain Topsy Waldron, followed by Watson , Roberts, Pollock, Letchford, Chandler, Bragge and McNamara.
Source: South Australian Advertiser, 1 Oct 1883, p 7
Page prepared by W Heading Aug 2012