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Key Facts

Full name
Ronald Hartridge

Known as
Ron Hartridge

Born
8 November 1919

Died
28 May 1973 (aged 53)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 236d
Last game: 26y 184d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
St. Kilda; South Melbourne

Jumper numbers
St. Kilda: 34, 22
South Melbourne: 16

Recruited from
St. Kilda (1943)

Ron Hartridge

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
St. KildaV/AFL1938-194015110.7360%0
South MelbourneV/AFL1943-194650711.4262%0
V/AFL1938-1940, 1943-194665821.2662%0
Total1938-1940, 1943-194665821.2662%0

AFL: 4,639th player to appear, 3,520th most games played, 1,303rd most goals kickedSt. Kilda: 759th player to appear, 684th most games played, 406th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 618th player to appear, 332nd most games played, 102nd most goals kicked

Ron Hartridge joined St Kilda from South Melbourne Technical College and he made his senior VFL debut in 1938. Capable of occupying any key position, he struggled to have an impact with the Saints, managing just 15 games and 11 goals in three seasons. In 1941-2 he did not play league football and when he resumed in 1943 it was South Melbourne. During his time with South he played mainly as a forward, and in 1944 he topped the club’s goal kicking list with 31 majors. The following year he actually managed one goal more, but the goal kicking award went to Laurie Nash, with 56. Hartridge played every match of the season in 1945, but several were as a reserve, including the infamous ‘Bloodbath’ grand final in which South lost to Carlton.

After playing a couple of matches early in the 1946 season Hartridge crossed to Coburg in the VFA, where he finished his playing career. His Bloods stint had seen him make 50 senior appearances and score 71 goals, while he would add a final 17 games and 45 goals in just under three seasons with the Lions.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Publications

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.