Michael GREGG


Guernsey Number: 5, 22
Career: 1971 to 1978
NFC Games: 161
NFC Goals: 86
Debut: v Sturt (Norwood) 24th July 1971
Finale: v Port Adelaide (Alberton) 2nd September 1978

Premierships: 1975
South Australian Games: 1
McCallum Medal: 1970
Ardath Cup: 1977


Michael Gregg joined the Redlegs from Norwood High School and won the 1970 McCallum Medal for the Colts' Best and Fairest player. A strong and rugged ruckman/centre half forward, he made his League debut the following season, and in 1972, played in the winning Reserves Grand Final team that defeated North Adelaide on the Adelaide Oval. He also won the Best First Year Player award in 1972.
Dubbed the " galloping hat-rack" by media personality Mick Clingly because of his ungainly running style, Gregg soon became a favourite with the Norwood supporters.
Gregg was selected to play for South Australia in the interstate game against Western Australia in Perth in 1973. He also played for the State 21 and Under side against Queensland.
Throughout most of his career Gregg had to work around medical study commitments, and the highlight of his career would have been the 1975 Norwood Premiership win against Glenelg. Sharing the ruck duties with Neil Button, Gregg was among Norwood's best players in the Grand Final.
He was a member of the team that triumphed over East Perth winning the Ardath Cup in 1977.
After playing his 150th game in June 1978, the same day fellow ruckman Neil Button reached the milestone, Gregg was high in Norwood's best players in another Reserves Premiership win later that season.
Transferring to West Adelaide for the start of the 1979 season, he made an immediate impact on his new club, winning  the Best and Fairest award in his first year.
After three years and 44 games at West, he returned to Norwood in 1982 and played a full season in the Reserves.

R Cialini July 2014


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