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Key Facts

Full name
James Ross

Known as
Jim Ross

18 October 1927

18 September 2015 (aged 87)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 186d
Last game: 26y 314d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
North Launceston; St. Kilda

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 20

Jim Ross

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1946-19541391711.2320%49
North LauncestonNTFA1955-1961109

AFL: 5,538th player to appear, 1,464th most games played, 519th most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 877th player to appear, 69th most games played, 21st most goals kicked

Jim Ross was a classy centre half forward or ruckman who won three best and fairest awards during a nine-season, 139-game VFL career with St Kilda. He also booted 171 goals. In 1955 he joined North Launceston as playing coach with the Robins proclaiming him "one of the best footballers to come to Tasmania".¹

Ross spent seven seasons and played 109 NTFA games with North Launceston, winning the Tasman Shield Trophy on two occasions and his club's best and fairest award once. He also earned All Australian selection after the 1958 Melbourne carnival. Jim Ross retired from football after the Robins' 8.11 (59) to 8.10 (58) Grand Final defeat of Longford in 1961, a result which provided him with the only premiership of an illustrious career.

Author - John Devaney


  1. North Launceston Football Club 1889-1990 by Ron Williams, page 81.


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
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