To have played just three league games may not seem extraordinary but in Richard Easom’s case his three games all took place in one finals series.
Easom played in Norwood’s senior trials in April 1933, mainly on a half forward flank. He consequently won a spot on the association (reserves) training list and was a permanent member of the reserves until the end of the minor round.
Prior to the league semi-final against North Adelaide, Norwood was struck down with injuries. Their captain, Johnson and vice-captain, Biddell were unavailable as were Chinnery and McKay and Bice was in doubt. To cover losses Krome was made captain and Easom was called up from the reserves squad. The team wasn’t selected until the morning of the match and Richard Easom was chosen for his league debut on a half forward flank.
The game ended in a draw with Easom gaining positive feedback. One report made mention of his strong kicking, his confident approach to the challenge and his sound knowledge of forward tactics.
Easom retained his place for the replay against North which Norwood won by one point, with Easom scoring two behinds.
His third and final game was against Sturt in the preliminary final. Although a win to Norwood, a report made mention that Easom failed to produce the form he had shown in his earlier games. He was not selected in the grand final side against West Torrens which Norwood lost.
A brief but fascinating league career: three games for one draw and two wins and all played in one final series.
B Ridge July 2023