Leonard YEEND


Guernsey Number: 23
Career: 1929
NFC Games: 3
NFC Goals: 1
Debut: v Port Adelaide (Alberton) 11th May 1929
Finale: v West Adelaide (Wayville) 25th May 1929


Leonard Yeend trialled with Norwood in 1927 having originally come from local club Kensington. He was tried as a ruckman half way through the 1928 reserves season and acquitted himself well. He kicked a goal in the 1928 reserves Grand Final loss.
At the end of the season he travelled with the reserves squad to Port Lincoln and played a combined side from the local association; the Redlegs won the second game and Yeend was named in the best players. 
Early in 1929 he was in exceptionally fine form in the reserves and it seemed only a matter of time before he would be promoted to the senior side.
Yeend made his first league appearance in round three against Port Adelaide, kicking a goal on debut. He was a late inclusion for William "Tiger" Potts who had withdrawn due to influenza. Yeend was impressive, playing in three consecutive games and showing that, as a follower, he had some ability. The Redlegs had a win in round four against West Torrens at Norwood, and the following week Yeend played his last senior match at Wayville against West Adelaide. He was named as a reserve in the next game, but did not play.
A tall and strong ruckman/forward it was difficult for Yeend to gain regular selection in a side that was already very strong in that area.

The Norwood league team went on to win that year's Grand Final against Port Adelaide by 41 points

R Cialini March 2020


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