After playing junior football at Berri, John Menz was recruited by Norwood coach Haydn Bunton in 1966. A long, accurate left-footer and a good mark, he made his League debut in Round 16 of that season - the Redlegs defeating Glenelg by 16 points. Menz was later named as 20th man in the Reserves team that defeated Port Adelaide in the 1966 Grand Final.
He played in his second Reserves Premiership in 1969.
In 1970, Menz tied for the Reserves Magarey medal with John Baruzzi of Port Adelaide. He was one of Norwood's best players in its Reserves Grand Final triumph over North Adelaide. At the end of the season, he was awarded the club's Five Year Player's certificate.
Very versatile, he played his early years of League football mainly at half forward, half back or as a wingman. Menz reached the 100 game milestone in 1973.
1974 saw him play at full back in Norwood's Reserves premiership victory against Glenelg.
Menz was then appointed Reserves coach and assistant League coach to Bob Hammond in 1975. It proved to be a great year for Menz as not only did the League team break its 25 year Premiership drought, but he also captain-coached the Reserves to a flag.
The following season, playing in his now familiar role of ruck-rover changing in the back pocket, Menz led the Reserves to yet another flag.
A transfer in employment to Mount Gambier late 1976 brought an end to his playing and coaching career at the Parade. A fine clubman, Menz played over 100 games at both League and Reserves level.
He returned to the club in 2000, serving on the Committee/Board from 2000 to 2008.
R Cialini Feb 2015