Hockey great Richard Norris dies at 80

2012-10-12 00:00

THE renowned Natal, Great Britain and England hockey striker Richard Norris, who taught at Hilton College from 1959 until 1971, died in Pretoria recently at the age of 80.

In 1958 Norris went on an England hockey tour to South Africa and visited Hilton College.

The following year he became a housemaster, head of physics and the hockey coach. During his tenure Norris was housemaster of Falcon and McKenzie houses.

Blessed with great acceleration, control, stickwork and a powerful shot, Norris played for Natal between 1960 and 1964 and in that period the province won the South African Interprovincial Tournament every year.

Born in Bombay and raised in India, Norris went to Trinity College, Oxford, and scored a hat-trick on debut for Great Britain against Holland.

At age 20 he went with the Great Britain hockey team to the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, where Great Britain won the bronze medal, beating Pakistan in the playoff.

Norris missed the 1956 Games in Melbourne because of a cartilage operation.

In a time when very few Test matches were played, Norris also played for England between 1953 and 1959, scoring in his first six internationals and finishing with 18 goals from 17 matches — a record comparable with the best in the world in modern times.

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