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Ron KNEEBONE

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 27, 31, 1, 31, 2
Career: 1957 to 1967
NFC Games: 201
NFC Goals: 86
Debut: v South Adelaide (Norwood) 6th July 1957
Finale: v Glenelg (Glenelg) 2nd September 1967

Norwood Captain: 1963, 1964
NFC Life Member
Norwood Hall of Fame
SANFL Hall of Fame
Norwood Team of the Century
Best & Fairest: 1966
Magarey Medal: 1966
Advertiser Team of the Year: 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967
South Australian Games: 16
 

Straight at the ball

Ron Kneebone built his body lumping wheat bags on Yorke Peninsula. His ability came from within, with a simple philosophy of straight at the ball, and first to it, typical of the top bush football of his youth.

At first a reluctant debutant in the SANFL, Ron stayed around to win Norwood’s first Magarey Medal for 15 years and became a 200-gamer, as one of the most uncomplicated, effective defenders of his generation. As well, he was a State regular.

Although Ron has a placid temperament, his compact bulk and strength led to the nickname “Tank” - and not the rainwater kind. He preferred “Bones”, but opponents stepped aside like trees falling in a forest when he hit his stride from defence, so Tank it remains. Like an army tank, Ron was also a fearless protector of those around him. However, that is not the full story: he could also play centre half-forward with creative precision, and was one of the latter-day masters of the drop-kick goal.

Initially, Ron was acutely embarrassed by the attention his Magarey Medal win generated. Yet it was just reward for a talented country boy who overcame the temptation to stay home at Port Victoria. As a result he achieved what he richly deserved.

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