Peter Tilbrook was an exceptionally quick footballer who created havoc going forward because of his extra pace. In 1948, a Norwood supporter from Minlaton alerted the club about Tilbrook, who hailed from the same town. Tilbrook was playing for Sturt Reserves at the time and, after Norwood officials had watched him play, the club applied for a clearance from the Double Blues.
He made his League debut against North Adelaide in Round 4, 1949. Norwood won a nail-biter 14.10 to 14.9. Tilbrook was a regular member of the League team for the next two seasons, playing 16 games in his debut year and 19 games in 1950.
1950 proved to be an excellent year for Tilbrook and the Norwood Football Club. He represented the State Second Eighteens in matches against Carlton and Richmond - games South Australia won by 13 and 60 points, respectively. Tilbrook was superb in Norwood's Grand Final win against Glenelg in front of more than 50,000 people, kicking four goals and named high in Norwood's best players. At the end of the season he was adjudged the team's "Most Improved" player.
After starting the 1951 season with Norwood, Tilbrook was lured to the Southern Yorke Peninsula Association, and In 1952 won a premiership as captain coach of Curramulka.
At the end of that season with Curramulka, he returned to Norwood in time to play the last two minor round games. Playing as a rover/half forward Tilbrook was a valuable player in Norwood's 1952 finals campaign.
R Cialini Sept 2014