Milestone a mark of resilience

TRUE TIGER: Karl Norman has won three best and fairest awards, three premierships, and a host of other honours over the course of his 99 games at Glenrowan so far.PHOTO: Emma Hillier

IN a senior football career that has spanned over 300 matches, including 27 at the highest level, Karl Norman will tomorrow celebrate a milestone back where it all began.

Norman, 34, won his first senior best and fairest award at Glenrowan as an 18-year-old in 2001, and made his debut for Carlton 18 months later, a week before his 20th birthday.

Eleven years later he was back at Glenrowan, leading the club to its first senior premiership in the Ovens and King Football League in 2014.

Since then Norman has won a couple more premiership medals and best and fairest awards, and tomorrow he will line up for his 100th match for the Kelly Tigers.

“It’s nice to bring up the 100th game for Glenrowan, and coming up against my brother-in-law (Jamie Bell) and Tarrawingee makes it even bigger,” Norman said.

“When I came back across to Glenrowan I probably didn’t feel like I had this long left in me.

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