Australian Football Celebrating the history of the great Australian game


Key Facts

Full name
Les Rusich

Known as
Les Rusich

9 May 1889

21 November 1953 (aged 64)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 361d
Last game: 26y 97d

Height and weight
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 69 kg

Senior clubs
South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
South Melbourne: 18

Les Rusich

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1912-191554330.6172%0

AFL: 1,879th player to appear, 4,055th most games played, 2,746th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 242nd player to appear, 307th most games played, 227th most goals kicked

Les Rusich was a clever footballer who had good ball handling skills, could kick well with both feet, and had a calm, unhurried air about him which helped inspire his team mates. He played 54 VFL games and scored 33 goals for South Melbourne from 1912 to 1915. Most of his football was played as a forward, including South’s losing grand finals of 1912 against Essendon, when he lined up in a forward pocket, and 1914 against Carlton, when he was selected on a half forward flank. 

Author - John Devaney


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