HALL OF FAME - Zorzi, Brett

Brett Zorzi

Brett Zorzi joined Norwood in 2005 after a celebrated career in the Victorian Football League with the Carlton Reserves and the Northern Bullants football clubs. At Northern Bullants he won three best and fairest awards, was club captain in 2004 and gained selection in the 2002 VFL Team of the Year.

In 2002 he also played for the VFL against South Australia on the Adelaide Oval.

Recruited by Norwood as an on-baller, he found himself playing as a defender, finally settling in at full back. The determined Brett was rarely beaten in one-on-one contests and soon became one of the club leaders, and a crowd favourite. 

He won the coveted Smokey Dawson Best Team Man award in 2005 and 2006, was runner-up to the Club Champion and was named the Woods medallist in 2008.

Brett was moved into the midfield early in the 2009 season with outstanding results. The extra freedom of playing on the ball allowed him greater opportunities to use his clean ball-handling skills to advantage. His excellent form was rewarded with selection in the South Australian team against Western Australia. 

At season's end, Brett was named 2009 Club Champion, Woods Medallist, and received the Coaches Award.

In 2010 Brett reached the 100-game milestone and was runner-up in the Club Champion award. He was a member of the side that went agonisingly close to taking out the 2010 Grand Final against Central District.

He was appointed vice-captain in 2007 and 2008 and was part of the leadership group from 2009 to 2013. 

In 2012, Brett was acting captain for most of the season after Kieran McGuinness was seriously injured at the start of the year. Brett led the side superbly against West Adelaide on Grand Final day and was high on the list of best players. The Redlegs won the premiership decider: 12.7 to 3.12.

2013 was his last season of league football. He played 17 games and was runner-up in the Club Champion award. In a fairytale ending to his senior career, Norwood won back-to-back flags and Brett was awarded the Jack Oatey Medal as the best player in the Grand Final.

A natural leader on the field, and popular off it, Brett Zorzi gave Norwood outstanding service in his nine seasons at The Parade.

In 2024 Brett Zorzi became Norwood’s 70th Hall of Fame inductee.


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