Rufous-haired Ron Reimann was a quality full back who celebrated two Norwood premierships in an illustrious league career of 190 games.
Ronald Alwin Norman Reimann led the Norwood Colts to a premiership in 1945, his second year with the team, and was joint runner-up to South Adelaide’s Jim Deane for the Tompkins Medal. He then spent two years in the seconds before gaining a shaky place in the league team as a half-forward, ruckman and finally, in 1949, full back – where he became a fixture with his long drop-kicks for the next decade. He won Norwood’s best and fairest award in 1956.
He made his league debut in the 1948 preliminary final against West Adelaide and a week later was a member of team which whipped West Torrens in the grand final. In 1950, when Norwood again went top, Ron was named the club's best defender and backed that up by restricting Glenelg's century goalkicker Colin Churchett to just 1.3 in the grand final.
Ron narrowly missed a third flag in his final season with Norwood when, in 1957, he led a young team that almost pulled off an amazing victory against Port Adelaide despite serious injuries to two players early in the match.
He then became captain-coach of South Adelaide for the next two seasons.
P Robins Feb 2017