Ray Steele

Date of Birth: 19/05/1917
Height: 183 cm ( 6-0 )
Weight: 82 kg ( 12-13 )
Guernsey: 4
Debut: 27/04/1940, Round 1, Footscray
Last Game: 25/09/1943, Round GF, Essendon

Seasons: 1940-43
Total Games: 42
Total Goals: 1

Honours: Premiership 1943.

Seasons: 1941-42, 1944
Total Games: 8
Total Goals:


Ray was a half-back-flanker who was recruited from University Blacks. Prior to joining Richmond he represented the Victorian Amateur's team as well as captaining the state team in 1939. He played with Richmond between 1940 and 1943 with his last senior game being as vice captain of the 1943 Premiership win. His mark in the last line of defence late in the last quarter helped to keep Essendon out in a very close finish. He was also a member of the 1940 and 1942 Grand Final sides and his career was interrupted due to Army Service between 1942 and 1946.
Ray also played Senior XI District Cricket with University and Hawthorn-East-Melbourne between 1937 and 1949. In total he scored 704 runs and took 38 wickets. An all-rounder, his best bowling performance was 6 for 33 and his highest scores were 83 for University and 90 not out for Hawthorn-East-Melbourne. After his retirement as a player he served on Hawthorn-East-Melbourne's Committee for 25 years, with 15 years as club President. He was also a Victorian Cricket Association delegate for 39 years including 19 years as President. He also spent 18 years on the Australian Cricket Board, 16 as Treasurer. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire O.B.E for his services to cricket. Away from his sporting involvements he held a law degree and keenly followed the progress of his grandson Stuart, who played with Richmond during 1993. Ray died from cancer after the 1993 season.

University Blacks 1936-39, Games 56, Goals 16 ( Honours - Premiership 1939, Captain 1939, VAFA Representative Team 1938-39, Captain VAFA Representative Team 1939, Amateurs Carnival Best & Fairest 1938.


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