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Key Facts

Full name
Ronald Hovey

Known as
Ron Hovey

25 August 1932

6 January 2015 (aged 82)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 253d
Last game: 27y 270d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 79 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Geelong: 16, 12

Family links
Ced Hovey (Brother)Jim Hovey (Brother)Wayne Hovey (Nephew)

Ron Hovey

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,100th player to appear, 1,469th most games played, 3,287th most goals kickedGeelong: 548th player to appear, 91st most games played, 251st most goals kicked

Ron Hovey gave excellent service to the Geelong Football Club both on and off the field. As a player he played 141 VFL games and kicked 25 goals for the Cats between 1951 and 1960. Chiefly used in defence he was also a more than handy midfielder. At the end of the 1951 season he was a reserve in Geelong's winning grand final team against Essendon. He would subsequently start the grand finals of 1952 (defeated Collingwood) and 1953 (lost to Collingwood) on the bench as well. He improved as a player as his career went on and in both 1955 an d 1959 he was chosen to represent Victoria. Appointed club skipper in 1960 he was forced to retire five games into the season after seriously injuring a knee. Two of Ron Hovey's brothers, Ced and Jim, also played league football for Geelong.

Off the field Hovey's contribution to the Cats' cause was equally was equally noteworthy, most particularly between 1988 and 1998 when he served as club president.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article


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