William Trembath was an outstanding footballer in his era with the record to prove it; a premiership in 1901, best and fairest in 1902 and regular state representation from 1899 to 1903 including three consecutive victories over Victoria playing at full back
Billy Trembath possessed qualities that would have held him in good stead in any era. He was big, strong, fast and elusive. In his 87 games with Norwood he played on every line and in ruck with equal success.
On July 4th, 1901, Trembath was a member of the Norwood side that played the first ever game at Norwood Oval.
At the end of the 1901 season, in The Register 7 October 1901, a summary of the season, remarked on Trembath;
“ The necessity for keeping him on the backlines, where he was such a power, robbed him of many opportunities, for he had no peers in the Ruck. He could mark well, twist out of a bad corner, make a dash and get a long, effective kick while other men were looking on.”
A knee injury sustained late in the 1903 season and which he took into the following campaign led to his retirement. Billy’s last game was against West Torrens in July 1904 and brought an end to a remarkable career.
B Ridge Dec 2017