Ray Boyanich

Date of Birth: 04/02/1947
Height: 193 cm ( 6-4 )
Weight: 92 kg ( 14-7 )
Guernsey: 19
Debut: 25/04/1970, Round 14, St Kilda
Last Game: 14/08/1976, Round 20, South Melbourne

Seasons: 1970-72, 1976
Total Games: 66
Total Goals: 44


Seasons: 1970, 1972, 1976-77
Total Games: 34
Total Goals: 49


Ray played in the back-pocket, ruck-rover and as a half-forward. He had a good leap and was a strong, high mark. He made his senior debut with West Perth in 1964 and originally arrived in Melbourne in 1967, after sailing from Perth aboard the Achillo Lauro. A three-way fight for his services then developed between Collingwood, Footscray and Hawthorn. Prior to the start of the 1968 season, he packed his bags and returned to West Perth where he shared the ruck work with footballing legend “Polly” Farmer. He represented Western Australia in 1968 before deciding to try his luck again in the VFL. In 1969 he played with the Hawthorn Reserves before being dropped from their list. He joined Richmond in 1970 and won the Best First Year Player award. He later became an unfortunate victim of the 1972 Grand Final loss in that he was dropped from the senior list the next year. Up until that stage of his career he had been a consistent senior player. In the replay of the drawn semi-final of 1972 he beat Carlton power house John Nicholls decisively to play an important part in Richmond’s victory. He then spent two seasons with Woodville before returning to Richmond in 1976 and later returned to West Perth. He also played senior football in Darwin, for two seasons and was selected in the Northern Territory All-Star side. Ray now lives near Perth and is a primary school teacher.

Kalamunda Junior Teams ; Wesley College WA Junior Teams ( Honours - Best & Fairest ) ; West Perth 1964-68 ( Honours - West Australian Representative Team 1968 ) ; Hawthorn Reserves 1969 , Games 11 , Goals 9 ).

Woodville 1973, 1975, Games 22, Goals 32 ; West Perth 1977-81, Games 104 including 1964-68 ; Kelmscott Captain/Coach 1981/82 ; Nightcliff Two seasons, Captain/Coach One season.

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