PLAYERS - AISH, Michael  

Michael AISH


Guernsey Number: 8
Career: 1979 to 1993
NFC Games: 307
NFC Goals: 453
Debut: v West Adelaide (Norwood) 8th May 1979
Finale: v W-WT Eagles (Norwood) 28th August 1993

Norwood Captain: 1987 - 1989
Premierships: 1982, 1984
NFC Life Member
Norwood Hall of Fame
SANFL Hall of Fame
Norwood Team of the Century
Best & Fairest: 1981, 1983, 1984, 1992
Magarey Medal: 1981
Fos Williams Medal: 1983
Advertiser Team of the Year: 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1992
South Australian Games: 14
State Captain: 1986, 1989
All Australian: 1983, 1986 (vc)

Simply better

From game one it was pretty clear that Michael Aish was simply better than most of those around him. He had better balance, better skills, better vision. Throughout the 1980s “Aishy” - or “Rowd” - exploited what he had going for him to become arguably the best SANFL player of that decade. Along the way he won Norwood’s first Magarey Medal for 15 years, and became the club’s only player to be named in two All Australian teams, on the second occasion as vice-captain.

Michael’s sublime intuitive skills were honed as a boy by his father Peter, a Norwood captain in his day. The son needed all those skills, including evasiveness, at the ready for all his 15 seasons because while Michael lacked nothing in courage, he lacked plenty in weight. That meant his body often took a hammering when his opponents did manage to catch him, and injuries were Michael’s constant companion throughout his career. Playing with pain earned him the respect of his teammates, but it was his sheer ability that drew the crowds. A Michael Aish day out was a masterclass in the creative possibilities of Australian football, something to savour and talk about for a long, long time.

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