NORWOOD 2017 Best and Fairest winner Michele Reid has decided to hang up the boots after four seasons with the club.
The gun midfielder was a key cog in Norwood’s 2017 Premiership win and will always be remembered for her contested ball ability and more importantly, being a selfless teammate throughout her years at the Parade.
Arriving from Greenacres in 2017, Reid established herself in the engine room of Steve Symonds midfield playing all seven games in their quest to Premiership glory.
Despite niggling injuries throughout the back end of her career, Reid persisted to play whilst developing the younger crop of girls coming through the Norwood system.
The 38-year old played three games in 2020 but ultimately injuries again did not allow her to play the remaining matches.
After four years at the Parade, which culminated in a Premiership and a Best and Fairest, Reid said her body simply was not able to keep up with the riggers of League football anymore.
“Being my fifteenth year of football, I don’t know how I could go on any longer,” said Reid.
“My body just can’t keep up with the physical demands of League football which is sad because I love the club and everyone who is involved especially, my teammates and coaches.
“But the body definitely knows it’s time and I look forward to entering my next phase of life.”
In addition, Reid thanked everyone who contributed to her football journey at the Norwood Football Club paying particular attention to her first Senior Coach Steve Symonds in 2017.
“I’d definitely like to thank Steve Symonds, Michelle O’Brien and Tess Baxter for guiding me in my first year of football,” Reid said.
“Without them, I would not have got to this point; I would also like to thank everyone else from the President, Football Operations, trainers, medical team and my teammates.
“I look forward to coming down soon to assist wherever I can, to help the Redlegs get their second Premiership.”
Guernsey Number: 14
Career: 2017 to 2020
NFC Games: 27
NFC Goals: 13
Debut: V North Adelaide (Norwood) 17th Feb 2017
Best and Fairest: 2017