At his peak, Norwood’s Michael Aish was among the finest South Australian footballers of his generation. His slight frame belied his extraordinary courage and a tremendous capacity for hard work, and he topped this off with a sublime range of skills that made him exhilarating to watch in full flight.
During the course of his 307 game league career between 1979 and 1993 he resisted overtures from at least five different VFL clubs, content to eke out his trade in familiar but by no means less challenging surroundings. Captain of Norwood from 1987 to 1989, Aish also counted captaincy of his state, for which he played on 15 occasions, among his football achievements. A dual All Australian – the only Redlegs player to be so honoured more than once – he was chosen as a ruck-rover in the Redlegs’ official ‘Team of the Twentieth Century’. He is the son of former Norwood captain Peter Aish.
Retirement and the Next Chapter…… I know I’ve said this a million times and then had more come backs than Sinatra, but this time I’m for real. I’m retiring from the sport of Athletics and moving on. Time to start looking for a real job. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a “runner”. I remember the first time I put “athlete” down as my occupation on a customs form. When I got to the counter, the customs officer asked me if I had any drugs? As the color started to drain from my face, he then informed me that I’d probably need them if I wanted to compete with those Africans…. Nonetheless I kept at it without the drugs, and the rest is history.
It’s been 25 years since I put down my skateboard, kind of, and focused on running and I sometimes still can’t believe that it was real. Running changed my life.
Come and see me in March 2018. http://barossa2018.org.au/