Ross Graham CURTIS


Guernsey Number: 5
Career: 1951
NFC Games: 13
NFC Goals: 5
Debut: v Glenelg (Glenelg) 2nd June 1951
Finale: v Sturt (Norwood) 1st September 1951


Born on 28th May 1927 Ross Curtis, a left foot forward, played junior football for Port Adelaide before transferring to Norwood at the start of the 1950 season.

A newspaper report of an internal trial match said that ”newcomer Curtis showed good form in an interesting duel with Giles (centre half-back).  Playing near top form, Giles was hard pressed to hold his own. Both marked and made position well”. Giles was a dual premiership player and State representative.

After a season of Association (Reserves) football, some good performances early in the 1951 season saw him promoted to the league team in round six against Glenelg.He played all games in the rest of the season and was recognized in the club awards for “services rendered”. 

1951 was a difficult year for Norwood. It failed to make the final four for the first time in seventeen years and because nine members of the 1950 premiership side were only available for a few matches, twelve juniors had made their debut.
It would seem though that Norwood had some regard for Curtis’ ability. It was reported that “Norwood were pleased with the improvements of their forwards. It seems certain that Mayo, Curtis and Lambert will be retained at half-forward”

However, 1951 was to be his only season playing league football for Norwood. A policeman, Curtis was chosen for the first course at a new school for detectives in April 1952 and after graduating was posted to the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB)

Ross Curtis died on 9th April 2010.

G Williams May 2016

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