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Norwood’s Rostrevor recruit Jim Michalanney gave the Redlegs solid service in 211 SANFL games between 1974 and 1986, during which time he booted 342 goals, whilst showing that he could perform equally effectively in key positions at either end of the ground. Strong overhead, and a fine kick, he was at full back in Norwood’s 1975, 1978 and 1982 premiership teams, and at centre half back in 1984. He also topped the club’s goal kicking list, with 67 goals, in 1976. Michalanney, who boasted the unusual nickname of ‘Piano’ on account of his startlingly white teeth, played once for South Australia. Michalanney’s impact at the Parade was considerable, and he was a worthy inaugural inclusion in Norwood’s official Hall of Fame.
Author - John Devaney