Frederick Ponsford EVERETT


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Career: 1883 to 1884
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Premierships: 1883


Flying Fred Everett was the fastest wingman of his day, taking him to premiership success with Norwood in 1883 and Adelaide in 1886.

Fred's first big moment came at Kensington Oval on 22 September 1883 as a 19-year-old  member of the Norwood team which was playing Port Adelaide for the premiership.  Port went deep into attack early when, in the words of The South Australian Register, "Everett replied with a magnificent run the whole length of the ground along the pavilion wing and centred the ball in front of the Port stronghold.  Dixon quickly marked to Roachock, who safely punted No. 1 amidst great cheering."

Norwood went on to win 5.22 to 1.7 for its sixth successive flag.  After 'Jammy' Watson, who was named the best of the 40 on the field that day, young Fred led the Norwood contingent in front of 'Topsy' Waldron, Jack Woods, George Liston, Charlie Chandler and Joe Pollock. 

In 1885 Fred transferred to the struggling Adelaide club, where he played at centre or on the wing.  Previously the chopping block for other teams, Adelaide suddenly put it all together in 1886.  Led by the two Stephens, the two Hamiltons, the two Coonans, the two Sharlands and Fred Everett, the red and blacks combined effectively to take out their first and only premiership.  Fred stuck with Adelaide through to 1890 as the club slowly slid towards extinction.

Fred was high in Adelaide's best players at Adelaide Oval in 1885 when his side lost to South Melbourne, 5.10 to 2.11.  He also showed out at the MCG in 1887 when Tasmania thrashed Adelaide, 13.14 to 3.5.

Fred was second in the SA 100 yards championship at Adelaide Oval in 1889, behind Charlie Hughes, later SAJC handicapper.  After football, he played baseball for North Adelaide and Semaphore, and was a slow bowler for the Semaphore cricket team.  In later years he was one of the founders of the Kensington Gardens lawn bowling club, where he was a skipper.. He was in business with George Annells, father of Horace, a follower with Sturt.

Fred was born on 4 March 1864 in Mitcham, the son of Charles Everett and his wife Henrietta (née Gamble), and died at his Kensington Gardens home on 9 April 1938

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