(1961 - 1973)
A true Norwood bloodline
Robert Oatey was the epitome of courage both as a player and a leader. Like his famous father Jack, he goaled with his first kick in league football and went on to coach Norwood. Strong-willed in his approach to the game, “RO” was also a vastly talented creative player who sometimes suffered because often he was two moves ahead of not only the opposition, but his teammates as well. As Norwood’s captain-coach, that occasionally made life difficult for all concerned, and led, like his dad, to occasional philosophical differences with the club.
Robert was a good enough footballer to finish runner-up to Barrie Robran for the 1968 Magarey Medal despite Norwood’s taking the wooden spoon that year, and was a regular State player in one of South Australia’s most exciting representative eras. A born teacher of our great Australian game, Robert later played and coached at Sturt and has maintained his connection with football throughout his life.
For 10 years the State under 16 and under 17 coach, he is now the SANFL coaching manager. Robert’s contribution to this club is significant. His is a true Norwood bloodline.
Games: 232 Goals: 365
Captain-coach: 1968 - 73
Club champion: 1967 - 68, 1971 - 72
Leading goalkicker: 1967 - 69
Further honours: Norwood Player Life Member, Norwood Team of the Century, SANFL Hall of Fame, SA games 9.