Woonona’s Charlie Stewart

charlie stewart woononaAged 14, Charlie Stewart (pictured), of Woonona, is one of the best young all-round athletes in the State. He won trophies at cricket, football and athletics. Last season, in a junior cricket competition, he had a batting average of 110, and took 37 wickets. Stewart has won the sprinting and football kicking championships at school. It is at Soccer that young Stewart really shines. Before he was nine, he played in an under 14 years’ competition. When 11, he captained Combined South Coast against Metropolitan. He again captained the side in 1940, ’41 and ’42. He was captain of Woonona, twice premiers, and three times knock-out cup winners. Last season, in the under 18 years’ competition, Stewart scored 58 goals, a great performance for a junior. He is held in high esteem by former international “Judy” Masters, one of the best Australian Soccer players of all time. Masters said he could see a future international in Stewart.

– Sydney Sun December 23 1943.

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