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Jim Templeton was a forceful, aggressive and exuberant footballer who was exhilarating to watch when in full flight. He began his league career with South Adelaide in 1936, and two years later was in the team which humiliated Port Adelaide in the Grand Final by 44 points. Equally at home anywhere across centre or on a half forward flank, he was often inspired to produce his best football when the going was at its most tempestuous.
Templeton was a South Australian interstate representative on five occasions, kicking two goals. He continued playing with the Sturt-South Adelaide wartime combination from 1942 and 1944 and thereafter for a couple more seasons with South, the second of these as captain. When he retired he had played a total of 161 senior games.
Author - John Devaney