Ron Calder progressed through the Norwood Colts to become full back in the 1937 association ( Reserves) premiership side.
He impressed selectors in the 1938 pre-season trials and with Norwood beset with injuries was chosen at full back for his first League game against Sturt in June. Calder was opposed to Sturt Captain and goal-kicking legend, “Bo” Morton.
After his debut, The Mail 4 June 1938 reported, “One of the most promising in Association football, R. Calder, was given his chance in League company when he played at Full Back for Norwood. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and used his height to full advantage and kicked powerfully.”
With the recovery of League regulars, Calder retuned to the association side. This, however, allowed him to be part of back-to back premierships.
From the start of the 1939 season, Ron became a League regular. He was tried in ruck and at centre half back but inevitably returned to full back. He was one of only three players to play in all games during the 1939 season. At season’s end he received the most improved player award.
Calder’s consistency and reliability endured for two more seasons. His ultimate moment of glory came in his final match when he was part of Norwood’s 1941 Premiership team, not surprisingly, at full back.
B Ridge June 2015