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A product of North’s juniors, Keith Carroll won the Best Follower award for the “B Grade” team as an 18 year old in 1948 before being promoted to the League team in 1949. Such was his form that he was a member of the victorious 1949 Grand Final side and was awarded the Arthur Roberts Memorial Trophy as the best junior.
The next year Keith continued to progress as a league footballer. When North defeated top team and 1950 premier, Norwood, in round 15 Keith dominated in the ruck and Harry Kneebone in the Advertiser wrote “Carroll’s leaping and knocking were match winning features." To highlight the quality of Keith’s rucking, one of Keith’s ruck opponents in this match was champion Norwood ruckman and future Magarey Medallist, John Marriott.
Unfortunately just as he was consolidating his position in the side and was in fact becoming one of the state’s leading ruckmen, Keith broke his leg in 2 places in round 7 of 1951. He missed the rest of 1951 and the first 6 games of 1952.
Such was his determination that he recovered sufficiently to not only perform well enough in the “B Grade” to win the Best Follower award again in 1952 but after playing 8 games in the Reserves he won promotion back to the league team to play the last 6 games of the year, culminating in the famous 1952 Grand Final victory over Norwood by a whopping 108 points. To cap off the year Keith was awarded the Best Club Man award as well as tying for the “B Grade” Magarey Medal and losing on a count back despite only playing those 8 Reserves games.
Keith continued playing for the club for another three years, winning the League’s Most Determined Award in 1953, Best Follower for the “B Grade” for the third time in 1954 and for Services Rendered to the League team in 1955. He then retired from North to take up a coaching position with Naracoorte.
Together with his brother Ray, Keith shared the rare distinction of both being premiership players for North, Keith in 1949 and 1952 and Ray in 1960. Keith’s son Bill also played league for North in the late 1970s.
In the 1960s Keith returned to the club in a coaching capacity. He coached the Colts team for 5 seasons, 1967 to 1971, and won premierships in 1969 and 1970. Keith then coached the mini-league in 1972 and coached the Under 19s and mini-league from 1975 to 1977, before coaching the Under 17s in 1978. He was highly regarded within the Club as a junior coach. He was awarded Life Membership of the Club in 1973.
Away from football Keith worked at the Abattoirs whilst playing at North, before becoming the Manager of the Drive-In Theatre at Seaton during the 1970s before being transferred to Alice Springs in 1979.
North Adelaide remembers a dual premiership player, a dual junior premiership coach, a life member and a wonderful clubman.
|10/09/1954||Advertiser Cup||1||South Adelaide||Lost||0||0|
|09/09/1955||Advertiser Cup||1||South Adelaide||Lost||0||1|