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A new name for Keys Rd Reserve

6 months ago By Ian Nathan

Moorabbin RUFC want Keys Rd Reserve renamed Harold Caterson Reserve. Photo - Ian Ray, Ron Caterson & Ron’s grandson Sonny Taylor

Emma Watson, Moorabbin Kingston Leader
Photos: Chris Eastman
September 19, 2017 4:45pm

KEYS Road Reserve in Moorabbin could soon bear the name of a local rugby union off-field legend.

The Moorabbin Rugby Union Football Club is pushing for their home ground to be named after the late Harold Caterson who founded the club 52 years ago.

His son, Ron, said it would be a “fantastic recognition” of his dad.

“He did so much but … a lot of the new generation of players don’t know him, have never heard of him,” Mr Caterson said.

“They don’t realise the hard work he put in all those years ago to get the club started.”

Harold Caterson was a key figure in finding a permanent home for the ‘Mighty Rams’ and in 1965 when the council found a former rubbish tip the club could call home, a tin garage, donated by Harold, became the club’s first change room..

“You could describe him as stubborn,” Mr Caterson said.

“He was very determined to get us a ground, somewhere we could grow our roots.”

Fifty two years on, the ‘Mighty Rams’ have a team in every age group from under 6; have won 15 1st grade premierships and boast of a multicultural playing group.

Their rebuilt pavilion is named after another founding member, Jack McDavitt.

When celebrating the Rams’ 50th anniversary, volunteer Ian Ray decided “it would be fitting” to remember and recognise Harold Caterson as another club colossus.

“The obvious thing to do was rename the reserve after Harold Caterson,” Mr Ray said.

“One has already had the clubroom named after him. It’d be really nice to have the other acknowledged. It gives us some history about the club.

Updated 03:24 - 8 Oct 2017 by Ian Nathan

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