Stephen KERLEY


Guernsey Number: 25
Career: 1975 to 1980
NFC Games: 132
NFC Goals: 19
Debut: v Glenelg (Football Park) 5th April 1975
Finale: v Central District (Norwood) 6th September 1980

Premierships: 1975, 1978
South Australian Games: 1
Ardath Cup: 1977
VFL/AFL Clubs: Melbourne


Stephen Kerley joined Norwood from the Melbourne Football Club in 1975, along with Collingwood's Graeme Dunstan. Graduating through Melbourne's juniors, Kerley had played 43 VFL games for the Demons between 1971 and 1974.
Under Norwood coach Bob Hammond, the high leaping, close checking and at times dashing defender, was to become a very consistent performer for his new club. Rarely beaten, he made the centre half back position his own from the outset.
Kerley also had immediate team success, being an integral part of Norwood's 1975 premiership win against Glenelg. A vigorous footballer, he was well suited to the tough encounter, and was high in the Redlegs' best players.
In 1976, he also played well in Norwood's amazing 106 point win against Carlton in the Wills Cup night series, on the Norwood Oval.

The following season he starred at centre half back, as Norwood defeated East Perth by nine points, to win the Ardath Cup in the National Football League competition.
Kerley was a state representative in 1977 and in 1978 was again named in the key defensive position in Norwood's classic grand final victory against Sturt.
In 1980, he made 15 appearances under new coach Neil Balme and played his final game for the Redlegs in the last minor round game of the year.
He transferred to North Adelaide the following year, and played 29 games for the Roosters between 1981 and 1982.

R Cialini May 2015

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