Alan Grant EVENS


Guernsey Number:
NFC Games: 0
NFC Goals: 0
Debut: v Sturt-South (Adelaide) 2nd September 1944
Finale: v Sturt-South (Adelaide) 2nd September 1944


Wartime competition 1942-1944
Norwood-North games: 1
Norwood -North Goals: 0

An accomplished sportsman at Prince Alfred College, Grant Evens played one match for Norwood-North in the wartime competition before enlisting in the Royal Australian Navy.

 Born at Balaklava on 14 September 1926 to Henry Evens and his wife Marjory (née Shackley), Grant shone at football, cricket and athletics during his three years as a boarder at PAC.  He was Head of the House (the boarding house head prefect) in 1944.
With Grant at centre, PAC reversed a run or narrow losses in intercollegiate football, defeating SPSC 11.18 to 7.6 in 1943 and 11.21 to 7.11 in 1944.  A critique in the PAC Chronicle said: "His elusiveness and outstanding pace made him one of the best players in the Association.  With more attention to his kicking will gain highest football honours possible."

 Grant captained the PAC athletics team in 1943 and 1944.  He won the broad jump in the intercollegiate competition in 1943 and the following year took out both the 100 yards and 220 yards.  A free-scoring batsman, he contributed an unconquered 154 to a score of 6/606 declared in the 1944 intercollegiate match.

 Grant was still at school when named at centre wing for Norwood-North in the last match of the 1944 minor round.  After a slow start, Sturt-South finished strongly to take the honours, 15.19 to14.11, but Norwood-North went on to win its second successive grand final in the wartime competition.

Grant enlisted in the RAN on 30 January 1945 and was an able seaman when discharged on 5 November 1946

P Robins May 2019

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