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G KIRBY

STATISTICS

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Career: 1891 to 1893
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Premierships: 1891
 

G. Kirby was promoted from the Norwood second team, the Rovers, late in the 1891 season and soon made his mark as an auxiliary goalsneak. Commenting on the last match of the season, in which Norwood defeated Port Adelaide to clinch the premiership, The Evening Journal said: "Young Kirby was remarkably smart forward.  He was very clever, and the Ports are now most likely regretting that he was not more looked after by their back men, as he was very quick in chasing the ball." Kirby kicked Norwood's first goal and then played a vital role in the last quarter.  With the scores level, he was given a contentious free for being tripped and passed to Jack Holbrook, who goaled.  Kirby then kicked a goal off the ground to clinch a two-goal win.

Against lowly Medindie a week earlier, Kirby kicked the first and  fifth goals of the match and then, according to The Advertiser, "further distinguished himself with a beautiful goal",  his third and Norwood's seventh as it ran out the winner 10.18 to 0.3. He finished the season with seven goals.

At start of  the 1892 season, The Register reported that Kirby was "uncertain of remaining in the metropolis" but in the event he had a productive year, his tricky play as a forward pocket, half-forward flanker and centre half-forward yielding 21 goals from his own boot and helping the veteran champion Charley Woods to a total of 46.

At Adelaide Oval on 20 June, Norwood missed many chances and Kirby hit the post as Port Adelaide won 3.4 to 2.11 (only goals scoring). There was a demonstration at the end when the umpire took a mark from Kirby near the goal-line which, if allowed, would probably have equalised the match.

Kirby began the 1893 season brightly when he and Woods each kicked four goals in the 21.14 to 1.2 defeat of North Adelaide. That appears to have been Kirby's last game.  Norwood lacked his services in going down to Port Adelaide the following week. Leading the new forward regime was 'Bos' Daly with 88 goals for the season, followed by Percy Stuart 21 and Woods 15.

P Robins April 2017

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