Loftus Hindes was a local junior who was invited to participate in the 1919 pre-season trials. He played in two trials; one was for Norwood B team against Payneham and the other an internal trial. He impressed in both and a reporter from The Express and Telegraph wrote, “L. Hindes appears to be the best find this season. He is a back man, very solid and marks and kicks well.”
Hindes was chosen in the Norwood B’s for round one of the new season against Sturt. Playing in defence, Loftus was named best player and round two saw him selected for the league side against West Adelaide.
It was a challenging year for the Redlegs as they struggled and failed to get off the bottom of the ladder. Even so, Hindes won many plaudits for his resolute defence. One reporter describing him as a, “Great Battler.” Unfortunately Loftus missed the last games of 1919 due to the death of his father. At the end of his first season Loftus won the club's best junior award.
1920 was the beginning of what was to be a golden era for Norwood. During the season, Hindes played mainly in defence but on a few occasions was used in ruck. His consistency was admired. After a game against Sturt, it was reported that Hindes was as consistent as ever and his ability to handle the wet ball set him apart.
Norwood reached the Grand Final but were soundly beaten by North Adelaide. Loftus was named in the best players but this was his last game for the club. He left at season’s end for personal reasons
B Ridge March 2020