Ray Ritchie

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Ray Ritchie
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1955–59 Manly-Warringah 49 37 0 0 111
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1958 City NSW 1 0 0 0 0
1957 New South Wales 2 3 0 0 9
1957 Australia 1 1 0 0 3
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1981–82 Manly-Warringah 53 32 19 2 60
Source: [1]

Ray Ritchie is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer and coach. A New South Wales state and Australia national representative three-quarter back, he played in the New South Wales Rugby League Premiership for Sydney's Manly-Warringah club, becoming their coach after retirement from playing.

Playing career[edit]

Ritchie started playing first-grade for Sydney's Manly-Warringah club during the 1955 NSWRFL season.[2] At the end of the following year, he was selected to play on the wing for a Combined Sydney team, scoring a try in their win against a touring Māori rugby league team.[3] In 1957 he played for New South Wales against Queensland and made it into the Australian squad for the 1957 World Cup, becoming Kangaroo No. 334.[4] Later in the year Ritchie was selected to play for Manly-Warringah in the 1957 NSWRFL season's grand final on the wing, but St. George won.

Coaching career[edit]

Ritchie was appointed head coach of the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles for the 1981 NSWRFL season and under him the club was back in the semi-finals that year.[5] The following year Manly reached the grand final, but Ritchie stood down before the 1983 season, and was succeeded by Bob Fulton.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray Ritchie". stats.rleague.com. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ray Ritchie". yesterdayshero.com.au. SmartPack International. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sydney Outclasses Maoris 37-7". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 September 1956. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Australian Players Register". Annual Report - 2005. Australian Rugby League. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Sean Fagan. "Manly Warringah Sea Eagles History". manlyfootballclub.com.au. Manly-Warringah Rugby League Football Club. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Whiticker, lan. "Ray Ritchie". rugbyleagueproject.org. Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson and Bill Bates. Retrieved 29 November 2013.