Ben Ross (Australian rules footballer)

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Ben Ross
Personal information
Full name Ben Ross
Date of birth (1988-09-21) 21 September 1988 (age 28)
Original team(s) Gippsland Power
Draft 3rd overall, 2007
Height / weight 179cm / 74 kg
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2008–2011 North Melbourne 14 (4)
2014 Hawthorn 4 (1)
Total 18 (5)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2014.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Ben Ross (born 21 September 1988) is an Australian rules footballer who played for the North Melbourne Football Club and the Hawthorn Football Club in the Australian Football League. He was rookie listed by Hawthorn in the 2013 AFL Rookie Draft after previously playing for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League between 2007 and 2011.

North Melbourne[edit]

Ross was selected by the Kangaroos with Pick 3 in the 2006 AFL Pre-Season Draft. Ross initially broke into the senior team for the Round 4 win against Melbourne in 2007. He continued to play in other games during the season to pick up a career high 21 possessions and a goal against Port Adelaide, before his year was cut short by injury. He played 9 out of 19 games in 2009.

Ross was delisted by North Melbourne at the end of 2011 after playing 14 games over four injury-interrupted seasons [1]


He continued to play for Werribee in the Victorian Football League (VFL), winning the 2012 J. J. Liston Trophy as the best player in the league.[2] He had a delayed start to the 2013 season because he went overseas for travel purposes hence he missed most of the pre-season training.


He was selected by Hawthorn in the 2013 Rookie Draft.[3] Ross will provide the Hawks with an immediate source of midfield depth, he is also capable of playing at half-forward or half-back. He was picked to make his debut for the Hawks against Carlton in Round 13, 2014 after being elevated off the rookie list because of long term injury to Jed Anderson.

Ross, along with Jordan Kelly and Derick Wanganeen were delisted by Hawthorn on 9 October 2014.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Ross is the grandson of Max Papley, a star player with Moorabbin, South Melbourne and Williamstown in the 1960s and 1970s.[5] His brother, Michael Ross, was a midfielder at Essendon.


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