Wartime competition 1942 - 1944
Norwood-North games: 1
Norwood-North goals: 0
Lance Heitmann was 20 years old when named 19th man for his one match with Norwood-North in the World War II competition. There is no evidence that he took the field on that wet August day at Norwood Oval in 1943. Norwood-North kicked 1.10 in the last quarter and hung on to beat West-Glenelg by two points, 6.17 to 6.15, in the lowest-scoring match of the season.
Lance was a student at Prince Alfred College in 1940 and 1941. He was a member of the First XVIII in both years, playing in ruck and at half-forward. He was in the best players in both years of the annual intercollegiate match against St Peter’s, however PAC lost on both occasions. In 1941 he played alongside future Norwood stalwart Keith Le Page.
A critique in the PAC Chronicle described Lance thus: "Has played consistently and brilliantly, and has been a tower of strength in the rucks. Plays best when up against biggest odds, as shown by his Intercoll. game. Marks well, though kicking rather erratic."
Lance was a hurdler in the PAC athletics team, rowed in the First VIII and was awarded the Merit Badge in 1940 for earning colours in three Intercolls. In 1941 he was part of the crew to win the Head of the River and was described as a powerful oarsman that should go far in the sport.
In 1948 he played rugby with Old Collegians.
Lance was born at Loxton on 17 November 1922, the oldest of four children of Frederick Heitmann and his wife Jessie, née Smith. Lance and his siblings, Dorothea, John and Margaret, had a tough life growing up on the land in the Mallee near Morkalla in Victoria, over the border from Renmark. Later the family also established a town house named ‘Valence Lodge’ at Torrensville.
Lance, a draftsman with the Weapons Research Establishment at Salisbury, married Joyce (Foster) in 1948 and they had five children, Bronwen, Ross, Megan, Robyn and Stewart. Lance passed away on 25 September 2015, aged 92.
A Heitmann Feb 2020, P Robins June 2019