Ian Ralston played his early football for Mount Gambier High School and the Norwood Colts.
In 1958 he was named on a half forward flank in Norwood's Grand Final side that won the Advertiser Cup night series. A week later he was in the Redlegs team that lost to Geelong on the Norwood Oval in an end of season clash. He kicked two goals from his half forward flank.
Ralston was seen as a promising rover/half forward who was dangerous near goals.
He made his league debut in round three of the 1959 season and went on to play eight league games in his first year.
While Ralston was unable to break into the senior team in 1960, he was the leading goal kicker for the reserves with 48 majors. (The strong Norwood Reserves won back to black flags in 1960/61).
In 1961 he played another 10 league games and was one of the better players in Norwood's loss to Sturt in an end of season Advertiser Cup match.
He continued to play Reserves in 1962 and later had a stint with the West Gambier Football Club.
R Cialini June 2022