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2024 Hostplus Norwood Pocket Profile

Norwood coach Jade Rawlings addresses his players at training. Picture - Ash Rayson

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SANFL’s ZAC MILBANK breaks down all you need to know about the Redlegs heading into the 2024 Hostplus SANFL League season.

2023 Snapshot

Finished – 7th

Record – 6 wins, 11 losses, 1 draw

Michael Taylor Medal – Club Champion

1st – Nik Rokahr (76 votes)

2nd – Harry Boyd (63)

3rd – Tom Donnelly (57)

Woods Medal – Most Dedicated
Harry Boyd

Garry McIntosh Best Team Man
Declan Hamilton

Fortis Trademark Player
Tom Donnelly

Leading Goalkicker
Connor McLean

McCallum Trophy – League Rising Star
Alex Van Wyk

The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year – Nik Rokahr (Interchange)

2023 Michael Taylor Medallist Nik Rokahr.

Player Movement

Mitch O’Neill (South Adelaide), Billy Cootee (Essendon VFL), Ben Simpson (North Launceston), Henry Nelligan (returned/overseas), Jordon Boyle (West Adelaide), Cooper Murley (returned/Collingwood), Alastair Lord (returned/Essendon), Joeve Cooper (Murray Bushrangers/Shepparton)


Nik Rokahr (Swan Districts WAFL), Matthew Nunn (retired/Payneham), Mitch Wilkins (retired/Myponga Sellicks), Cam Ball (Rostrevor OC), Ben Jarvis (Lincoln South), Michael Stingel (North Launceston), Kobe Tozer (West Adelaide), Lachlan Pascoe (Port Adelaide SANFL/Golden Grove), William Rowlands (Gold Coast), Josh Richards (retired)

Norwood premiership player Henry Nelligan has returned from an overseas study trip in 2023.

2024 Trial Matches

Saturday March 9
Norwood v North Adelaide at The Parade from 9am

Saturday March 16
South Adelaide v Norwood at Flinders University Stadium from 1.10pm

Norwood key forward Jackson Callow will be aiming for an injury free 2024 campaign.

Star Signing - Mitch O'Neill

Norwood was desperate to bolster its midfield brigade following the departures of Nik Rokahr, Matthew Nunn and Josh Richards.

And the Redlegs have certainly done so with the addition of South Adelaide ball magnet Mitch O’Neill, who has been a proven performer in his 49 SANFL League matches.

Averaging 24 disposals, six tackles, five clearances and 96 Champion Data ranking points in his 18 matches last year, the 22-year-old also represented the West End State team in 2022.

Originally from the North Hobart Football Club, the keen golfer will join the ever-growing throng of Tasmanians now gathering at The Parade under coach Jade Rawlings.

Powerade Breakthrough Player Candidate - Cooper Murley

 Cooper Murley is a smooth-mover who has been likened to Port Adelaide star Zak Butters.

But the 20-year-old is well aware he has plenty of work to do if he’s to reach Butters’ heights after landing back at The Parade in the off-season.

Unable to break into a high-performing Collingwood outfit during his two years with the Pies, Murley will be itching to land a spot on the wing in the Redlegs’ first 22 come Round 1.

Measuring in at 178cm and 74kg, Murley boasts great running power while also hitting the scoreboard for 25 goals from his 38 VFL games with the Magpies.


Cooper Murley returns to The Parade after spending the past two seasons on Collingwood’s AFL list.

2024 State Talent Academy Members

SA U18 coach Tony Bamford profiles the Redlegs’ players in 2024.

Jay Polkinghorne
Jay is a talented high-marking tall forward from Penong on the Eyre Peninsula, who is now at boarding at Prince Alfred College. He has played predominantly as a key forward for both Norwood and PAC in the past two years. Unfortunately, Jay has recently had surgery on his knee, causing him to miss the last month of the Academy program. Jay is likely to miss the start of the season but should be fit mid-year, if not a bit earlier. When fully fit, we expect Jay to be playing a strong aerial role for both Norwood and PAC, taking marks both on the move and in a stationary contest.

Jacob Newton
Nicknamed “Pig”, Jacob is an in-and-under small midfielder from Elliston on the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula.  Jacob is a real pocket rocket who is very strong in the contest and plays with an uncompromising competitiveness. He has been a very good footballer playing as a midfielder in previous seasons. This year, Jacob will need to learn to play in other roles such as high half forward or small pressure forward, much the same way former SA U18 player and now Carlton FC listed player Corey Durdin did in his U18 year. Jacob has elite speed and endurance to complement his ball-winning ability, now just needs to add some half forward and small forward craft to his game.

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