Guernsey Number: 6
Career: 1959 to 1966
NFC Games: 118
NFC Goals: 30
Debut: v North Adelaide (Norwood) 8th August 1959
Finale: v Woodville (Norwood) 13th August 1966

NFC Life Member


Gerry Harrison joined Norwood from Rostrevor College, where he had been vice-captain of the First 18 in 1957. He also played for Norwood's Senior Colts in 1957, and then the Reserves in 1958.

A utility who eventually played in most positions, Harrison was a good mark and a penetrating kick. He made his League debut late in the 1959 season, against North Adelaide at the Parade in Round 14.

In 1960 he played 16 games, and won the League team's Most Improved player award.

Harrison played in the 1960 and 1961 losing League Grand Finals, against North Adelaide and West Adelaide respectively, and was a member of the State Second Eighteen that played Collingwood in 1961.

Playing in the centre, he was named Most Consistent in 1963, and was awarded a Player's Five Year Certificate.

He was then named Best Team Man in 1964, and Best Utility in 1965, in a season when he also played his 100th League game.

Having already had a taste of coaching Norwood High School for a season, he was appointed Norwood Reserves' coach in 1965. The following season he captain-coached the side to a flag, playing an excellent game in the Grand Final.

Harrison later joined the media, and was a popular television announcer with the ABC,  commentating on SANFL matches for many years.

An excellent club man, Gerry Harrison also served the club with distinction off field, after his playing days were over. He was a Board and Committee Member from 1995 to 2003, Finance Committee Member from 1995 to 1999, and Chairman of the club from 2000 to 2003.

R Cialini Nov 2014

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