Frank Kendle made his league debut against West Adelaide in round 2, 1919. Played on a holiday Monday, Norwood ran out winners : 8.4 to 5.9. In his second game in late August he was listed in the best players in Norwood's loss to Sturt.
Kendle was appointed captain of the Reserves for 1920. He was also vice-captain of the State B grade team that travelled to the Kadina Showgrounds to play a combined team from the Yorke Peninsula Football Association. Selected at centre half back, he was one of the better players on the ground.
In 1921 Kendle played another two league matches. In round 10 against West Torrens he went off with a sore knee and subsequently missed the next game through injury. His final game for the seniors was in round 12 versus South Adelaide.
During the season he was captain of the State B team that played against combined teams from the Yorke Peninsula Football Association at Kadina and the Wooroora Football Association in Balaklava.
Kendle was vice-captain of the Norwood Reserves side that went top in 1921. The Grand Final was played on the Unley Oval against West Adelaide. He was solid in defence early. Final Scores: Norwood 4.6 to West Adelaide 2.12.
Frank Kendle was the uncle of Roy Kendle who played for the Norwood-North wartime combination (1943-44, 11 games)
R Cialini March 2020