Great heart, no luck
While there have been many bravehearts for Norwood in the club’s
history, Greg Turbill might be the bravest of them all. On the footy
field, where “Turbs” went, angels didn’t fear to tread; they refused
outright to think about it. Even one of his premiership coaches Neil
Balme, was known to wince.
As gutsy as he was though, Greg was just as unlucky. As a result, his
inner strength was tested as regularly as his public courage. Injury
hampered his career, his ruined knees riddled with bone chips and
arthritis. Greg could barely walk, let alone run and kick. He played,
and lived, with pain.
In spite of the injuries he still managed three Norwood premierships,
the last as captain. It will come as no surprise that Greg played in
that 1982 grand final with a broken rib and a torn finger ligament.
What he could have done with his natural football ability if he had
stayed sound is anyone’s guess.
What is known for certain is that to lead Norwood to a premiership and
be its club champion in the same year takes exceptional skill as well as
courage. The straight-ahead Norwood rover had both in spades, which is
why he got as far as he did. This club’s admiration for the way Greg
fought back and what he achieved despite his struggle, will last