Andrew AISH


Guernsey Number: 43
Career: 1981 to 1986
NFC Games: 89
NFC Goals: 62
Debut: v Sturt (Norwood) 4th April 1981
Finale: v Woodville (Woodville) 17th May 1986

Premierships: 1982
South Australian Games: 2


Educated at Pulteney Grammar School, Andrew Aish was a highly-skilled footballer who played League football predominantly as a wing or half-back.
After initially playing eight Reserve games in 1979, he was named as a half-back flanker for his League debut against Sturt in 1981. Played on the Norwood Oval, the Round 1 fixture ended in a draw with both sides scoring 19.11 apiece. Aish played 23 games for the season.
Speedy and creative, Aish was also an outstanding overhead mark.
In 1982 he played another 24 games. Named on a wing, he was an important member of the Redlegs team that went on to defeat Glenelg in that year's Grand Final. During the year he made his interstate debut for South Australia against Western Australia - SA won the match.
His fine form continued into 1983. He played 26 games for Norwood, reached his 50 game milestone, again represented the State against Western Australia and finished fourth in the club's best and fairest award.
Having lost his enthusiasm for the game, and with an increased workload in his physiotherapy studies, Aish then missed the 1984 season.
His return in 1985 was hampered by a serious ankle injury and consequently he only played five senior games : two Escort Cup and three League.

Aish made a further 11 senior appearances in 1986, but his career at the Parade was severely restricted by knee, hand and ankle injuries.
In February 1987 he unofficially retired from the game.
Aish also played in two Reserves Premierships, starring in the 1985 and 1986 Norwood victories against the Woodville Football Club.

A member of the remarkable Aish dynasty at Norwood, Andrew's father Peter (162 games), brother Michael (307 games), nephew Jesse (38 games) and son James (24 games) have all represented the Redlegs with distinction at League level.

R Cialini March 2017


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