Jack Sorrell joined Norwood after playing for Rostrevor College/Christian Brothers College first 18, in 1925. He began in the Reserves in 1926 and after several impressive displays, made his league debut in Round 7 of the following season. His stay in the seniors was short-lived, as he played out the rest of the year in the Reserves.
Sorrell was a prominent performer in the Reserves over several seasons. The dashing wingman/half forward played another eight league matches in the 1928 season. He also travelled to Sydney during the year, and played in an exhibition match against Port Adelaide. He was listed as one of Norwood's best players in its five point victory.
It was not until 1929 that he became a regular in the seniors. However, despite playing 15 games and winning a "valuable services" award, he was not in the Grand Final line-up that won the 1929 premiership. He had played in the second semi-final against West Adelaide, when he was listed as the youngest and shortest in the Redlegs line-up. Sorrell was then omitted for the premiership decider, and was only named as a reserve.
He did not miss a game in 1930 and was rated the best all-round player. His good form continued the following year and he won the most consistent award. Sorrell's fine performances were rewarded by his inclusion in South Australia's 21, chosen to meet Victoria on the Adelaide Oval when he was eventually named as the 19th man.
Sorrell joined South Adelaide in 1935, after a long layoff with injury. He made another three senior appearances for his new club.
A keen cricketer, he was a big-hitting batsman who played for the East Torrens Colts, as well as clubs in minor associations.
Jack Sorrell later joined the AIF during World War 2
R Cialini March 2016