Born on 21 June 1923, Ken Warren first appeared in Norwood colours in 1941 as a Colts player. He subsequently enlisted in the RAAF during World War 2 and re-appeared in 1947 after his discharge.
At that time he was described as “showing promise”. At 6’1” (185cms) and 13.0 stones (83 kgs) he was also described as a tall ruckman who “should make a name for himself later on as he is still very young; very cool and polished in his work”.
While he played only five league games from 1947 to 1949 he performed well at the Association (Reserves) level and was selected in the State Association side in the first ruck in 1947 and was a trophy winner in a 1949 combined Association side playing at centre half-back.
He became a regular member of the league team in 1950 giving “Marriott a hard time at full back” in a trial game. Not too many players were able to do that.
He played as a ruckman with Marriott in 1950 resting in the back pocket and would have played more games than 11 if not for injuries.
Ken was selected in the 1950 Grand Final winning side and that was his last game. The Club acknowledged him in the club awards for that year for “services rendered”.
Ken was a good natured gentleman and an above average tennis player. He joined the Commonwealth Public Service where he was well respected.
Ken Warren passed away on 28th January 1999
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