Ben Roarty

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Ben Roarty
Personal information
Born (1975-02-05) 5 February 1975 (age 42)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Position Second-row, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1998–01 Melbourne Storm 94 18 0 0 72
2002–03 Penrith Panthers 32 4 0 0 16
2003–05 Huddersfield Giants 56 10 0 0 40
2006 Castleford Tigers 17 2 0 0 8
Total 199 34 0 0 136
Source: [1]

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.[1] That year he was named the club's rookie of the year.[2]

In 1999, Roarty started on the bench in the contentious 1999 NRL Grand Final between Melbourne and St. George Illawarra Dragons. Roarty scored a try in the match and the Storm won the game, 20–18.

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.[3]

Since 2007, Roarty has been coach of the Sunbury United Tigers first-grade team in the Victorian Rugby League competition.[4]

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.[citation needed]


As of 14 January 2010 Ben Roarty is a guest host on 'Deal Or No Deal' on channel 7.[5]


  1. ^ "Factbox on inaugural Brisbane, Melbourne and Gold Coast teams" (fee required). AAP Sports News Australia. 2006-08-25. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  2. ^ "NRL Honour Board". Club. Melbourne Storm. Archived from the original on 28 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Roarty leaving Panthers amid dream run" (fee required). AAP Sports News Australia. 2003-05-28. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Sunbury United Tigers Club Information". Sporting Pulse. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  5. ^ 3

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