Kenneth COCK


Guernsey Number: 14
Career: 1960
NFC Games: 2
NFC Goals: 0
Debut: v North Adelaide (Prospect) 13th August 1960
Finale: v West Adelaide (Norwood) 3rd September 1960


Kenneth Peter Cock was born on 29th June 1931, to King Island farming parents. However he grew up in St. Joseph's Orphanage Sebastopol, in Ballarat and was later educated at St. Patrick's College, where football was considered to be an essential part of the curriculum.
He followed a teaching career in South Australia and during his many country appointments established himself as an outstanding country footballer, once kicking 19 goals in a match for Ardrossan.
Whilst representing the Far West League in the Mortlock Shield Carnival in Pt Lincoln, he was spotted by Norwood scouts and invited to train at the Parade in 1960.  The club recognized his talent, but were unaware that he was about to  have his 28th birthday.
A very popular figure at the club, Cock only played the one season with Norwood - known  in those days as the Demons. He made his league debut against North Adelaide in Round 15, 1960. He played his second, and last league match, against West Adelaide in the final game of that year's minor round.
A key forward, he was an influential player for the Reserves however, and featured in the 1960 premiership team. Norwood defeated Port Adelaide by eight points in the Grand Final, thus claiming its first Reserves flag for 21 years.
Cock finished his football journey as playing coach of McLaren Vale.

R Cialini Jan 2016


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