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Duane STEWART

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 24
Career: 1983 to 1987
NFC Games: 22
NFC Goals: 10
Debut: v Sturt (Norwood) 4th June 1983
Finale: v Sturt (Football Park) 3rd April 1987

 

Duane Stewart played 20 games for the Norwood under 17 team in 1981, and 20 again in 1982. He was a valuable member of the powerful under 17 team which created a club record by winning back-to-back premierships.
 
Stewart then made a surprise start to his league career in round 10, 1983. With five Norwood players selected in the State side that weekend, the Redlegs promoted Stewart directly from the under 19's and named him in the centre for its home clash against Sturt.
 
The skilful 17 year old was completing matriculation at Campbelltown High School and had been playing for the Norwood U/19's as a ruck-rover.
 
After making another four league appearances in 1983, he returned to play for the under 19's, and kicked three goals in the side's comfortable defeat of Sturt in the that year's Grand Final.

He played another five senior games in 1984, but spent most of the year in the reserves (23 games).

While he continued to struggle to cement a spot in the league side in 1985 and 1986, Stewart did play in consecutive reserves premierships, with the Redlegs thrashing Woodville on both occasions.
 
Stewart played his last senior game for the Redlegs in the 1987 pre-season Escort Cup series. He also played another 18 games in the reserves, bringing his total in that grade to 82.
 
He later played for the Kilburn Football Club in the South Australian Amateur Football League and was a member of the State Amateurs in 1990 and 1991.

Stewart returned to the Parade to coach the reserves in 2008-2009

R Cialini Nov 2018

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