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Key Facts

Full name
Raymond Ball

Known as
Ray Ball

20 February 1949 (age 73)

Sporting goods

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 58d
Last game: 25y 59d

Height and weight
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 86 kg

Senior clubs
Richmond; South Melbourne; Caulfield (VFA)

Jumper numbers
Richmond: 36
South Melbourne: 31

Recruited from
Richmond (1971); South Melbourne (1975)

Family links
Luke Ball (Son)Matthew Ball (Son)Felix Russo (Father-in-law)

Ray Ball

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
South MelbourneV/AFL1971-19744300.0019%9.000.842.864
Caulfield (VFA)VFA1975-19785130.06

AFL: 8,126th player to appear, 3,999th most games played, 12,299th most goals kickedRichmond: 707th player to appear, 647th most games played, 1,099th most goals kickedSouth Melbourne: 987th player to appear, 368th most games played, 1,360th most goals kicked

Ray Ball was a strong, close checking key position defender who had few frills about his game, but who generally performed solidly, particularly during his time with South Melbourne. Prior to joining South he spent three seasons with Richmond but only played 12 senior games during that time without kicking a goal. Seeking greater opportunities he crossed to the Swans in 1971 and, after struggling with injuries in his first season, became a more or less permanent fixture in the seniors for the following three years. He played 43 games for South and, just as with the Tigers, he failed to score a goal.

From 1975 to 1978 Ball played 51 games and scored three goals for VFA first division side Caulfield. He rounded off his playing career with a two season stint as captain-coach of Mulgrave, which yielded an Eastern Football League division two premiership in 1979.

Author - John Devaney


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