Garry McIntosh

Garry McIntosh (born 16 March 1964) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Norwood in the South Australian Football League (SANFL) during the 1980s and 1990s. He won Magarey Medals in 1994 and 1995.

Garry McIntosh
Personal information
Full name Garry McIntosh
Nickname(s) Macca
Date of birth (1964-03-16) 16 March 1964
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Original team(s) Hope Valley
Draft No. 21, 1982 interstate draft
Height 172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Position(s) Half-forward flank, rover
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1982–1998 Norwood 336 (165) [1]
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
1984–1986 Australia 5
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2002–2004 Norwood 63 (31–31–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1998.
Career highlights
  • Norwood premiership player 1982, 1984
  • Norwood best and fairest 1987, 1991
  • Norwood captain 1990–1998
  • Magarey Medallist 1994, 1995
  • Fos Williams Medallist 1984, 1992, 1995
  • Norwood games record holder (336) [1]
  • Norwood life member
  • SANFL life member
  • Norwood Team of the Century (forward flank)

McIntosh primarily played as a centreman or rover and remained loyal to Norwood throughout his career, playing a record 336 games for the club before his retirement in 1998. He was a premiership player with them twice, the first came in his debut season in 1982 and the second in 1984. A third premiership was within his grasp in 1997, but McIntosh missed the grand final through suspension. From 1990 to 1998 he was club captain and in 2002 he returned to Norwood to serve as their senior coach for three seasons. He was drafted by North Melbourne in the 1982 VFL Draft,[2] but chose to stay in South Australia. McIntosh was arguably the finest footballer outside the AFL throughout the 1990s.

A fine interstate player, he also represented South Australia 12 times during his career. He won three Fos Williams Medals: in 1984 for his performance against Western Australia, in 1992 against the WAFL, and in 1995 against Tasmania. In all, McIntosh played 388 matches in his overall career, including 35 night series matches. He also represented Australia in the International Rules Series in 1984 and 1986 playing five matches - once cleaning up Dermot McNicholl in the 1986 match in Perth resulting in missing the next test due to suspension.

After retiring, he coached North Launceston to runners-up in the Tasmanian Statewide League in 2000.

Former North Adelaide and Norwood player Andrew Jarman cited McIntosh as his toughest SANFL opponent. Jarman won the 1987 Magarey Medal: that year, McIntosh polled the most votes, but was ineligible due to suspension.

McIntosh currently coaches Payneham Norwood Union in the SAAFL. He gained promotion to Division One after a winning the Division Two Grand Final in 2014. The club made the grand final in Division One in 2015, but was beaten to Goodwood Saints. He also coaches the under 15 'A' Team in for Payneham Norwood Union in the SANFL Juniors. He won the premiership with the under 15 'A' team in 2017, after Payneham Norwood Union beat Kenilworth at Therberton Oval on the 17th of September, but the senior PNU team lost their grand final against Rostrevor Old Collegians the following week.

Garry played amateur cricket for Hope Valley Cricket Club from 1980 to 1983 and holds the club record for the most runs in a season with 856[3].


  1. These totals refer to premiership matches (home-and-away and finals matches) only.
  2. Interstate Draft 1982
  3. "Hope Valley Cricket Club". Retrieved 23 April 2019.
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