5 February 1975 |
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||106 kg (16 st 10 lb)|
Ben Roarty (born 5 February 1975) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He played for the Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers, Huddersfield Giants and the Castleford Tigers as a second-row, loose-forward and as a prop.
Roarty was a member of the inaugural Melbourne Storm team and played in their first game on 14 March 1998, winning against Illawarra Steelers, 14-12. That year he was named the club's rookie of the year.
Seeking a regular first-grade starting position, Roarty joined the Penrith Panthers in 2002 but he was again primarily used as an interchange player. After being offered a place at Huddersfield Giants in the European Super League, Penrith granted Roarty a release and he left the Panthers half-way into their 2003 premiership winning season.
In 2009, Ben linked up as a player with the Hay Magpies Rugby League Club in Group 20 in the NSW Country Rugby League. He also won a reserve grade premiership with Hay, which was their first ever premiership in any grade since joining Group 20 in 2007.
Since 2009 he owns a strawberry farm north of Echuca.
- Alan Whiticker & Glen Hudson (2007). The Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. Wetherill Park, New South Wales: Gary Allen Pty Ltd. pp. page 465. ISBN 978-1-877082-93-1.
As of 14 January 2010 Ben Roarty is a guest host on 'Deal Or No Deal' on channel 7.
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- melbournestorm.com.au. "NRL Honour Board". Club. Melbourne Storm.
- "Roarty leaving Panthers amid dream run" (fee required). AAP Sports News Australia. 2003-05-28. Retrieved 2008-07-06.
- "Sunbury United Tigers Club Information". Sporting Pulse. Retrieved 2008-07-06.