Damien KING


Guernsey Number: 39, 19
Career: 1997 to 1998
NFC Games: 25
NFC Goals: 23
Debut: v North Adelaide (Prospect) 29th March 1997
Finale: v W-WT Eagles (Norwood) 5th September 1998

Tomkins Medal: 1995


Originally from the Lobethal Football Club, Damien King played for the Norwood Under 15's in 1991 and represented South Australia in the national carnival later in that year.

In 1992 he won the club's best and fairest at Under 17 level, and then played Teal Cup for South Australia in 1993.
1995 was a busy and rewarding year for King. He was named the Tomkins medallist for the best and fairest in under 19 football - winning the medal with a total of 20 votes, four clear of the runner-up. King also captained the U/19's to a premiership, against Central Districts. He played 10 Reserves games during the season, and was one of four Norwood under 19 players, along with Nathan Bassett, Simon Bassett, and Darren Loffler, who then went on to play in a reserves flag the following week. Norwood trounced South Adelaide in the premiership decider and King was one of the best players.
King had a solid season with the reserves in 1996 playing 23 games, finishing fourth in the best and fairest award and leading the goal-kicking with 52 goals.
The half-forward/mid-fielder made his senior debut in round 1 of 1997, against North Adelaide, at Prospect. The Redlegs won the game comfortably and King kicked two goals. He played 15 league games for the season and won the McCallum trophy for the best first year player. For the second season in a row he was part of a losing reserves grand final side.
He added another 10 senior games to his career total in 1998 and was an important member of the reserves team which beat Port Adelaide in the grand final by 19 points.
King later returned to Lobethal where he was a prominent player for many years.
In 2015, he umpired his first match of Division One, in the South Australian Amateur Football League.

R Cialini April 2018

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