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After serving for four years as a Flying Officer in the RAAF during World War 2, Tom Mackenzie commenced his league career with West Torrens, the club at which two of his brothers Colin and Hubert also played. One of five brothers, Tom was recruited to North Adelaide from West Torrens in 1947. He made his league debut for North in Round 16 of that year against Port Adelaide at Prospect. He then played more regularly in 1948 where he was awarded the Best Backman trophy.
The highlight of his playing career came the next year when he played as a back pocket and rover in the successful North side that defeated his old club, West Torrens, in the 1949 Grand Final. Advertiser journalist Harry Kneebone named Tom in North’s best players in his report of the game. This game was the last senior game Tom played for the club, although he continued playing for the second eighteens for the next two years. After Tom’s success, his brother Hubert followed him from Thebarton to Prospect and was a member of North’s 1952 premiership side.
In addition to being a premiership player, Tom was always interested in the off-field side of the club. In 1949 he was the players representative on the club’s Management Committee. After retirement as a player Tom was a member of the Finance Committee for seven years and then he served as a league selector in 1970-73, 1975 and 1978-79. The highlight of this phase of Tom’s career with the club was the fact that he was a selector of the 1971 and 1972 premiership sides and also the 1972 Champions of Australia side. Tom was awarded club life membership in 1979. In 2000, he was honoured by being chosen as a selector for North Adelaide’s Team of the Century.
Tom maintained his interest in the Club throughout his life and rarely missed an opportunity to catch up with former colleagues at past player functions, even as his health deteriorated.
Premiership player, Life Member and club stalwart, Thomas Geoffrey Mackenzie passed away in October 2014 at 91 years of age.
The NAFC pays tribute to a very popular premiership player, selector and life member.