Rex Geue enjoyed a fine record in country football, but his one league game with Norwood provided evidence that at times a policeman's lot is not a happy one. Called into a side which was without a number of senior players, notably captain-coach Jack Oatey, Rex took the field when full back Peter Dalwood was unable to resume after quarter time. Norwood needed to win to keep its finals chances alive but played indirect football in muddy conditions and squandered many chances, going down at home to North Adelaide 9.7 to 4.10. A tall defender or ruckman, Rex also played six seconds matches.
One of 10 children, Rex was born at Gawler on 17 November 1922 to Edwin Geue and his wife Marie (née Ross).
He won the medal for best and fairest player with the Central club at Gawler and served for seven years as a police officer at Renmark. He was named best utility for Renmark Rovers in 1950 when the club won the Riverland Football League premiership after three successive years as runner-up.
Rex was transferred back to Gawler after the grand final and then to Blyth in 1953. Playing at centre half-forward for Blyth, he won the 1954 Mail Medal in the Broughton Football League with 23 votes (six 1sts, two 2nds and one 3rd).
Rex married Lowleen Davey, of Glanville, and they had three children, Mostyn, Lowleen and Chester. Rex was a prominent member of the Evangelical Church at Renmark and later served as secretary of the Blyth and District Hospital. Rex Geue, 77, died on 3 August 2000.
P Robins, D Cox Feb 2019
* Picture kindly supplied by Mostyn Geue and his brother-in-law David King