Ray Ritchie

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Ray Ritchie
Personal information
Born31 October 1936
Paddington, New South Wales
Died13 March 2015(2015-03-13) (aged 78)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1955–59 Manly-Warringah 493700111
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
1958 City NSW 10000
1957 New South Wales 23009
1957 Australia 11003
Coaching information
Club
YearsTeamGmsWDLW%
198182 Manly-Warringah 533219260
Source: [1] [2] [3]

Ray Ritchie (31 October 1936 13 March 2015) was an Australian professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1950s, and coached in the 1980s. 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. [4]

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Playing career

Ritchie started playing first-grade for Sydney's Manly-Warringah club during the 1955 NSWRFL season. [5] 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. [6] 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. [7] 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. [8]

Coaching career

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. [9] The following year Manly reached the grand final, but Ritchie stood down before the 1983 season, and was succeeded by Bob Fulton. [10]

His daughter Donna attended the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Summer Paralympics as a wheelchair basketballer and won a silver medal in 2000. [11]

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References

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  2. Rugby League Project
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  6. "Sydney Outclasses Maoris 37-7". The Sydney Morning Herald . 10 September 1956. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
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  11. "Vale Ray Ritchie". Manly Sea Eagles News, 13 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Allan Thomson
1980
Coach
Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg
Manly-Warringah

1981–1982
Succeeded by
Bob Fulton
1983–1988