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Norm Smith

Born on 21st November 1915 at Clifton Hill, Melbourne, son of Victor & Ethel May. Educated at Westgarth Central School, he completed an engineering apprenticeship and obtained a job at the Brunswick rope-works of James Miller & Co. Pty Ltd. In 1943 he took over his father's engineering business.

He Joined the Melbourne Football Club in 1935, going on to play in 227 games & coach in 452 games. He married Marjorie Victoria Ellis at Wesley Church, Melbourne, on 19 October 1940. 

He was a foundation member of the Dennis Cricket Club, joining in 1932/33 at the age of 16 scoring 102* & 161*.  He opened the batting often & bowling too with his fast deliveries.   He has played in 6 premierships & scored 14 centuries.  In 1943/44 he scored 1235 runs in a season, which to this day still remains a Jika record, his highest score was 205 (a Jika record at the time).  He also took 9/27 in a match, 8/20 & 7/44 (including a hattrick) in an innings. Phenomenal.

He played from 1932/33 until 1948/49. It is estimated that he played in about 170 games, scored over 6000 runs and Taking over 300 wickets.  Premierships: 1932/33, 1936/37, 1938/39, 1943/44, 1944/45 & 1945/46.  Centuries: 102*, 161*, 116, 151*, 111, 117, 171, 205, 108*, 108*, 137, 102*, 189 & 125. Best Bowling: 9/19, 8/19, 7/44 & 8/20. (inc. 2 hattricks).  Jika Batting award 4 times: 1939/40, 1942/43, 1943/44, 1944/45.

Norm Smith a Dennis Legend.

Norm passed away on 29 July 1973, since this time the Club Champion award has his name etched on it.