Ray Sorrell

Ray George Sorrell (born 1 January 1938) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with East Fremantle and South Fremantle in the West Australian National Football League (WANFL).

Ray Sorrell
Personal information
Full name Ray George Sorrell
Date of birth (1938-01-01) 1 January 1938
Original team(s) North Fremantle juniors
Position(s) Centreman
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1956–63, 1967–68 East Fremantle 156 (56)
1964–1965 South Fremantle 022 (8)
Total 178 (64)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
1964–1965 South Fremantle 42 (12–29–1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1968.
Source: AustralianFootball.com

A centreman, Sorrell achieved many accolades during his time at East Fremantle. He was a dual Sandover Medal winner, finishing equal first with Neville Beard in 1961 and then winning the award outright in 1963. The 1961 medal was given to Beard on countback but Sorrell was awarded it retrospectively in the 1990s when the league decided to reward those who had lost in a similar fashion. He was also a dual Simpson Medalist, winning both in 1962, one for being best on ground in the Grand Final that year and the other for performance against Tasmania in their interstate match. In total he represented the West Australians at interstate football on 18 occasions during his career and was named in two All-Australian teams, in 1958 and 1961.

Left-footed, Sorrell was a superb athlete and his raking drop kicks provided numerous opportunities for his forwards. His vision and anticipation marked him out from his opponents.

Sorrell controversially joined arch-rival South Fremantle as captain-coach in 1964 and spent two seasons with them with little on-field success (second-last and last) before returning to East Fremantle where he finished his 178-game WANFL career.

In 1997 he was named on the wing in East Fremantle's Team of the Century and in 2007 he was named in the centre in the Fremantle Team of Legends. In 2016 Sorrell was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame,[1] after being an inaugural inductee in the West Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2004.[2]

His grandsons, Harrison and Jonathon Marsh, are currently playing for the Sydney Swans and Collingwood respectively.[3]


  1. Hope, Shayne (14 June 2016). "WA greats Sorrell and Rioli in Hall of Fame". The West Australian.
  2. WA Football Hall of Fame profile
  3. Quartermaine, Braden (22 November 2012). "Fremantle Dockers draft exciting wingman Josh Simpson". Herald Sun. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
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