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Key Facts

Full name
Reginald Jack Zeuner

Known as
Reg Zeuner

19 January 1928

Senior clubs
Perth; West Adelaide

Recruited from
West Adelaide (1949); Perth (1952); West Adelaide (1953)

Reg Zeuner

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
West AdelaideSANFL1946-1948, 1952591242.10
PerthWANFL1949-1951, 1953-19592092181.04

Reg Zeuner was an abundantly talented ruckman and key position forward whose impact was sometimes seemingly undermined by an overly relaxed attitude. Nevertheless, he enjoyed a fair amount of success during a 14-season, 268-game league career that saw him wear the same black and red playing uniform with pride at two different clubs in separate states.

Zeuner began with West Adelaide in 1946, and the following year was at full forward in the side's five-goal Grand Final win over Norwood. Zeuner topped West's goal-kicking list that season with 53 goals. In 1949 he was recruited by Perth where, with the exception of a season back with Westies in 1952, he spent the remainder of his career.

A Western Australian interstate representative on half a dozen occasions, Zeuner was a key member of the powerful Redlegs sides of the late 1940s and the first half of the 1950s, often reserving his best displays for vital finals matches. An example of this was his fine display in Perth's dramatic Grand Final victory over East Fremantle in 1955.

Runner-up by a single vote to Graham Farmer of East Perth in the 1956 Sandover Medal count, Zeuner continued to perform with distinction until late in his career, winning Perth's fairest and best award in 1958, his penultimate season. He finished with 209 senior games for the Redlegs to add to the 59 he had played with West. In 1999 he was chosen in Perth's official 'Team of the Century'.

Author - John Devaney


Full Points Footy's SA Football Companion


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