Walter Thomas J Hearn played First 18 for Rostrevor College (1963-1966), captaining the team in his final year, with future Glenelg legend Peter Marker as his vice-captain. A talented all-round sportsman, Hearn also captained the school's First 11 cricket team.
Hearn made his league debut in the last minor round game of 1967 and was also named the team's "Best First Year Player" in the reserves.
He played another three league games in 1968, but the solid defender struggled to find a permanent spot in the Norwood senior team.
Hearn played reserves in the 1969 and 1970 teams that went on to win back to back premierships.
He then transferred to South Adelaide, playing 13 games in 1971. His father, Walter Joseph Hearn had played 37 games for the Panthers (1945-48).
Hearn returned to the Parade after his playing days were over and served the club well in a variety of off-field positions.
He was first appointed recruiting officer in 1984, and continued to fill that role well after he had been awarded life membership of the Norwood Football Club in 2001. At different times he also served on the NFC Committee, NFC Board and the Player Welfare Committee
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