Wartime competition 1942-1944
Norwood-North games: 38
Norwood-North goals: 1
Harold “Dick” Holmesby was a determined, consistent defender for Norwood for 11 years and 170 games spanning World War 2.
He had a compact, nuggety physique and played mostly in the back pocket where he combined very effectively for a number of years with Norwood’s full-back Tom Warhurst. Dick was also very useful as a “tag” to shut down opposition players, a role he played in Norwood’s win against Port in the 1946 grand final.
Throughout his career he put opposition forwards under pressure with his rugged, tear through play. He played in three premierships for Norwood in 1941, 1946 and 1948 as well as an unofficial premiership with Norwood – North when the competition was shut down during the War.
For several years Dick was vice-captain under Jack Oatey as Captain-Coach, and acting coach of Norwood in 1951 when Oatey was unavailable.
Dick Holmesby was awarded Life Membership of Norwood in 1948.
R Crompton April 2013