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Charles HEPBURN

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 14
Career: 1922 to 1926
NFC Games: 67
NFC Goals: 56
Debut: v Glenelg (Glenelg) 13th May 1922
Finale: v Port Adelaide (Norwood) 29th May 1926

Premierships: 1922, 1923, 1925
NFC Life Member
 

Charles William Hepburn had already played two League games for West Adelaide in 1920 and won the 1921 Reserves Magarey Medal before he moved residence and transferred to Norwood in 1922. His last game for West Adelaide was as the Reserves captain in their Grand Final defeat by Norwood. He was his team's best player in the final, as he had been earlier in the year, when he captained the State Reserves against the Yorke Peninsula Association.

The move to Norwood not only saw Hepburn play regular A Grade football, but also snare him three premierships in five seasons.
 
A small but solid utility, he was never beaten and battled hard for the ball. Named on a wing in Norwood's premiership side of 1922, he was adjudged the club's best junior for the season. He was again named on a wing in the 1923 Grand Final, which saw Norwood win back-to-back flags.

Hepburn then won the club's Most Consistent award in 1924.
 
1925 was probably his best season. He played in his third premiership for the club, after being named in the back pocket for the Grand Final.

Hepburn had developed into a close checking defender with a reputation for putting his opponents off their game. He also represented South Australia against Broken Hill during the season, and was named Norwood's "Best All-Round Player" in its premiership winning year.
 
Early in the 1926 season he suffered a broken nose in a match against Port Adelaide. He was hospitalized, but despite a couple of operations to rectify the problem, was unable to get back into the League team and his only match for the remainder of the year was against Tanunda late in the season. He attempted a return in 1927 but, despite training in the off season, eventually decided to take on umpiring for the year. 

After another attempted comeback the following season, he was appointed coach of Norwood's Reserves. Hepburn coached the Reserves from 1928 to 1931, winning the 1930 flag.

R Cialini Dec 2013

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