Defender Vic Melville is nearly 100% confident of taking his place in the West Adelaide 20 for the first time today. The former Claremont forward gave officials some hope two weeks ago when he grabbed 15 marks and 27 kicks and a great display in the reserves.
The 22-year-old Melville who is 1.93 m tall ( 6'4"), has played for league games with Claremont in the last two seasons. Melville, who was not yet fully fit, impressed with his marketing in general ability at center half forward according to Graham Fischer.
having served also as a Robin with Claremont, Melville signed with West Adelaide and hopes to play in South Australia for the remainder of the season. he said last night that his inclusion in the 25th first semi final against South Adelaide football Park depended largely on the fitness of Rockman Mark Whittington. West named a 22 man squad on Thursday night. A former Claremont forward, Melville faces a torrid introduction to South Australia football. With just 13 reserve games at center half back under his belt, he will jump several classes of football if he warms the West bench today.
Melville, who said his form had been good, rates West a good thing..
"The ground should be heavy, which will suit West rather than South.", said Melville. "Football Park is a Mecca for South only on a dry day when it can run the ball."
Excerpted from Sunday Mail, 1977