Wally GRAY


Guernsey Number: 10
Career: 1920
NFC Games: 13
NFC Goals: 9
Debut: v Port Adelaide (Norwood) 1st May 1920
Finale: v North Adelaide (Adelaide) 18th September 1920


Wally Gray impressed in Norwood's 1920 pre-season internal trials and was best for the Norwood B team against the A team in late April. He made his league debut against Port Adelaide in the opening round of 1920. He was named as the rover in the first ruck and Norwood won the match 11.12 to 7.10. The following week he was high in the Norwood list of best players in the clash against West Torrens on the Hindmarsh Oval.

Fleet of foot, "Dolly" Gray played a constructive and clever game.
In round 11, Gray again proved to be a livewire rover/forward, although he was guilty of squandering some opportunities in Norwood's narrow win against Sturt on the Unley Oval: 4.18 to 4.13.
Then in the last minor round game of the season, Gray kicked four goals playing on a half-forward flank versus West Torrens. While he normally would have had a run on the ball as the third rover, he was a permanent half-forward in this game.
He played well in Norwood's second semi-final victory against Port Adelaide, and was in the Grand Final side that lost to North Adelaide.
Gray was named Norwood's "best forward" for 1920.
He was unable to take his place in the side for the opening of 1921, "owing to indisposition". Gray was then selected for the round three clash against West Adelaide, but was a late withdrawal.
After another late start the following year, Gray played 12 games for the reserves. The team made the Grand Final, and he had a good major round series. While he had been unable to break into the powerful 1922 league premiership side, Gray was seen as someone who could easily return to the senior side in the future

R Cialini March 2020


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