Ross Carruthers was a local lad who began his career with Norwood colts in 1950. In 1952 he won the best placed award for the senior colts. For the remainder of his career his best place was in defence.
In 1953 Ross participated in the pre-season trials and earned a place in the seconds training squad. It was during this season that he showed a certain resilience and desire to succeed.
In May for the game against West Adelaide he was named as a reserve for the seconds and not chosen in the starting 20. Later in August he was chosen to play against West Adelaide and was named Norwood’s best player. Little wonder that at season’s end he won the second’s most improved award.
After the 1954 trials he was again included in the seconds training squad. By Early June a spate of injuries gave Carruthers the opportunity to gain league selection.
His league career was brief. It consisted of just four games of which three were on the bench. In his first game against West Torrens he did enter the fray in the last quarter replacing Fox.
His only full game was against South Adelaide and although named among the best the loss resulted in his demotion to the seconds.
Carruthers continued to give ex excellent service to the seconds, culminating with a services rendered award in 1955.
B Ridge August 2021