Recruited from Plympton, Ben Modra played six games for the Norwood under 17s in 1987.
He had a solid year in 1988 playing for the under 19s when he made 20 appearances, booted 45 goals and played in a premiership. Norwood easily defeated Glenelg in the decider : 19.17 to 10.9. Modra also had a taste of reserves football (three games).
He continued to develop, and in 1989 he made his senior debut for the Redlegs, playing four league games for the year. The Norwood Reserves made the Grand Final and Modra was third in their best and fairest award (23 games).
Modra then missed the 1990 season and played just the one league game and 13 reserves games the following year .
He appeared 12 times in the 1992 league team, and 20 times in 1993, including the Grand Final against Woodville West Torrens.
Modra had become a reliable and consistent key defender, but injuries wrecked his career. He did however manage another five league appearances in 1994, and a handful of games for the reserves in 1995/1996.
Ben is the son of popular Norwood wingman Dennis Modra (142 games, 1960-1970).
R Cialini Dec 2021