Born on the 10th July 1970, Justin Paul Staritski was a hard-working midfielder who first played for the Norwood under 17s in 1986-1987 before progressing to the reserves (eight games) in 1988. Educated at Pembroke School, Staritski was also a very talented junior tennis player, but ultimately decided to play a team sport.
"Bart" as he was known, made his league debut against West Adelaide in round five 1988. He was named on the interchange bench, kicked a goal and Norwood won the game comfortably 24.13 to 15.15. He played 13 games in his first season of league football.
Continuing his development, he appeared in 29 senior matches, including five Foundation Cup games in 1989 and finished fourth in the club's best and fairest.
The following year he reached his 50 game milestone against West Adelaide on the Richmond Oval. Fittingly he was named best on ground, playing as a ruck-rover.
His versatility allowed him to be selected in a number of other positions, including wing, half-forward, and centre.
Staritski had been drafted by the North Melbourne Football Club in 1988 and, with the formation of the Adelaide Crows in 1990, made the decision to move to Victoria. He made his VFL debut in 1991, making 25 appearances over the following two seasons.
Collingwood selected him in the 1994 pre-season draft, but he only played one senior game for the Victorian Magpies.
After leaving Collingwood, Staritski went on to play a few games in the Victorian Amateur Football Association, including a stint with the University Blues Football Club.
He approached the Redlegs in 2000 to see if he could finish his senior career with Norwood and added another nine league games to his total during the year.
In 2011-2012, Staritski coached the Pembroke Old Scholars Football Club in the South Australian Amateur Football League.
Staritski was elected to the NFC Board in 2017 and took up the role of Football Director .
Justin's father, Alex played three league games for Norwood in 1964, whilst grandparents Glad Masson (NFC Life Member) and Jack Masson (NFC and SANFL Life Member) were wonderful servants of the Norwood Football Club over many years.
R Cialini April 2018