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Country Champion, North Adelaide premiership player and Interstate Carnival Representative Robert Edward (Bob) Proud has passed away at the age of 83. In a career spanning seven season Bob only played 36 games for North due to work commitments but what a stellar 36 games they were.
Originally from Loxton, where he played in four premierships in a row, Bob played brilliantly in the trial games of 1950 but just as he was about to debut with North he was transferred to Minlaton by his employers, Goldsborough Mort. Thus his debut was delayed until the Queen’s Birthday Holiday where he played a brilliant game against eventual premiers Norwood. This remained Bob’s only appearance with North for the season.
The next year he only made three appearances with North but the selectors thought enough of him to choose him in the Grand Final team which narrowly lost to Port. Similarly in 1952 Bob only played 5 games for North but the 5th match was the 1952 Grand Final where North thrashed Norwood by 108 points and Bob played superbly. Thus Bob became a North premiership player in only his ninth league game. In those 5 games Bob was a dominant forward, scoring 16 goals in total and kicking 2 goals in the Grand Final.
In 1953, for the only time in his career, Bob played virtually a full season for North. Such was his form that he was chosen to represent South Australia in the 1953 national carnival and he played in all four games for South Australia. Also in 1953 North played Norwood for premiership points at the SCG in front of over 20,000 people. Even though he was a country boy, the big stage didn’t scare Bob. The Advertiser stated that “North ruckman-forward Proud was the prime factor in Norwood’s defeat. He kicked three of North’s seven third-quarter goals and finished with six. He rucked strongly and was always the admirable team man”.
Likewise later in the season former Port champion, Alan “Bull” Revall wrote the following about Bob “In this his first full season he has come up to all expectations, gaining selection in the State side for the recent championship series. On Saturday he was under notice for effective football throughout.”
Bob played a few games in 1954 but the NAFC Annual Report of 1954 stated “Bob Proud. Star of '52 and '53. Was unable to play many matches during this season. It looks very much as though Bob's occupation will preclude him participating in League football in the future. His withdrawal leaves a vacancy most difficult to fill.”
Bob didn’t play at all for North in 1955 and played his final game for the Club in 1956.
Bob, who stood at 6 feet 2 inches tall (188 cm) and 12 stone 7 lb (80 kgs), was a brilliant high mark and a beautiful left foot kick. In fact his stab passing was likened to that of the master, Bob Hank. His career with North might have been brief in the number of games that he played but it was great in his contribution to the Club and the game.
Football wasn’t the only sport in which Bob excelled. In his latter years Bob was an outstanding lawn bowler at Victor Harbour.
Bob's much elder half brother, Norm had been a premiership player for North Adelaide in 1931.
Bob passed away in 2011 at the age of 83.
|15/07/1953||State||Victorian Football Association||Won||0||0|
|18/07/1953||State||Victorian Football League||Lost||0||0|