Geoff Dyke came to Norwood from the Woomera Football League, where he was named best player for the Village team when it won the 1963 premiership.
Geoff played at centre half-back and as a follower for Village, which, under captain-coach Rodger Stringer, defeated Works 14.12 to 4.5 in the grand final. On either side of that defeat, Works took the premiership due largely to its captain-coach in 1962 and 1964, Ray Whitaker, the champion Port Adelaide and South Australian rover of the previous decade.
Also known as “Jim”, Geoff kicked 24 goals in 27 reserves games for Norwood in 1964 and 1965. He played three league games in 1965, with Norwood losing to Sturt 14.16 to 6.10 at Unley Oval, beating North Adelaide 19.15 to 8.8 at Prospect Oval and going down to South Adelaide 12.15 to 8.7 at Adelaide Oval. Norwood finished fourth that year under captain-coach Hadyn Bunton.
We are unsure if Geoff was related to Leon Dyke, who played seven reserves games in 1972.
P Robins, G Adams January 2021
* Picture kindly supplied by Peter Hoffmann, a former teammate of Geoff Dyke. We also thank David Turpin