Reginald Ambrose PLUNKETT
Reg Plunkett had pedigree. His father, Oliver, was one of four brothers who served Norwood with distinction in the 1890s and 1900s. Uncle Henry and Uncle William were Norwood captains who, along with Uncle Mick, celebrated premierships and represented South Australia.
Reg could not match their deeds, but he did celebrate a premiership in only his fourth senior game for the club, with Norwood a 26-point winner over North Adelaide before a crowd of 37,000 in 1923. Reg was named in the back pocket that day.
He struggled to keep a place in the league team, playing just ten games. Born on 5 January 1903, he was only 19 when he started as a wingman in 1922 and three years later fought his way back into the team as a high-marking ruckman.
He also kicked 14 goals in 48 games for the Association team between 1922 and 1925.
Reg was living in Sydney in 1928 but never lost interest in the Redlegs. He was a member of a large gathering of supporters who greeted the Norwood and Port Adelaide teams at the railway station as they arrived to play an exhibition match of Australian Rules at the Sydney Showground on 25 August that year. He later worked with the Texas Company in Melbourne.
On 9 May 1945, Norwood players wore black armbands at Prospect Oval as a tribute to the late chairman of the SANFL, T. S. O'Halloran, and also to Reg Plunkett, who had died five days earlier at the age of 42 in the Sacred Heart Hospital, Melbourne. He was survived by his widow Veronica and sons John and Michael.
A younger brother, Jack, known as Jock, played for Norwood in the 1930s.
P Robins March 2017