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Keith Le PAGE

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 23, 19, 12, 17
Career: 1945 to 1952
NFC Games: 96
NFC Goals: 3
Debut: v Port Adelaide (Adelaide) 23rd June 1945
Finale: v North Adelaide (Prospect) 26th July 1952

Premierships: 1946, 1950
NFC Life Member
 

Wartime competition 1942-1944
Norwood-North games: 7
Norwood-North goals: 2

Keith Le Page was the 16-year-old captain of the Prince Alfred College First XVIII when he played in the 1943 Norwood-North premiership team.

He also played in the 1944 Norwood-North premiership team as a schoolboy before moving on to a fine career at Norwood which embraced premierships in 1946 and 1950.

Born at Clare, Keith Ernest Le Page showed remarkable sporting aptitude at Koolunga Primary School and at PAC, where he shone at football, cricket, rowing and athletics.

 He served briefly in the RAAF in World War II before embarking on a medical course..

A long-sleeved half-back who wooed fans with his flair and black hair, he played 103 league games.

 In 1950, when he was named Norwood’s most consistent player, he captained the South Australian third team which played the Upper Murray at Renmark.  He was named Norwood’s best backman in 1947, best placed in 1949 and best utility in 1951.

He also founded the mini-league with Howard (Chops) Mutton.

At the age of 70, he returned to rowing.  A member of the Adelaide Rowing Club, he trained up to five days a week and competed most weekends – a routine he maintained for 10 years, winning gold medals at world and Australian masters games.

Outside of sport, Keith practised as a psychiatrist until after his 80th birthday, using hypnosis extensively in his clinical work.  He was an active member of the Huguenot Society and the ALP candidate for Sturt in 1966.


P Robins March 2013

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