Ricky Petterd

Ricky Petterd (born 24 July 1988) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Melbourne Football Club and Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Ricky Petterd
Petterd in February 2014
Personal information
Full name Ricky Petterd
Date of birth (1988-07-24) 24 July 1988
Place of birth Hobart, Tasmania
Original team(s) Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise
Draft 30th overall, 2006 national draft
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Forward/utility[1]
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007–2012 Melbourne 54 (55)
2013–2015 Richmond 30 (17)
Total 84 (72)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Petterd was drafted to Melbourne with the 30th overall pick in the 2006 national draft. He is a state representative footballer from Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, Queensland who made his senior debut with Melbourne in round 5 of 2007, where he had 22 disposals in the midfield and featured in the Demons best player list. He followed up his first game performance with an AFL Rising Star nomination in round 6.

While with Melbourne he had a season-ending injury in round 14 of 2007 against Carlton. He collapsed during the game and could not breathe. Two club doctors realised there was no time to send him to hospital and punctured his chest wall in the change rooms, allowing air to escape from his chest cavity. This in turn allowed his ruptured lung to re-expand, effectively saving his life. He subsequently had surgery to permanently repair the lung.[2]

Petterd suffered another season-ending injury with Melbourne in May 2010, when he suffered a dislocated right shoulder that required surgery and a four-month recovery period. He played only six games in that season.[3][4]

Petterd joined Richmond in 2013 as a rookie. In his first season with the Tigers he played 12 games, averaging 17 disposals and five marks per game and was then elevated to the senior list at the 2013 national draft.[5]

He announced his immediate retirement from the AFL in September 2015, citing an ongoing foot injury, following 54 matches with Melbourne and 30 with Richmond.[6]

Playing statistics

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2007 Melbourne 15962715312451180.
2008 Melbourne 15200128201120.
2009 Melbourne 151819815994253103321.
2010 Melbourne 15612649287732212.
2011 Melbourne 151518111566722379591.20.710.44.514.95.33.9
2012 Melbourne 1540328154312110.
2013 Richmond 1312441248520964300.30.310.
2014 Richmond 1317125194108302100630.70.311.46.417.85.93.7
2015 Richmond 1311110515721.
Career 84 72 40 803 463 1266 459 238 0.9 0.5 9.6 5.5 15.1 5.5 2.8


  1. "Pliable Petterd a plus". Richmond Football Club. Richmond Football Club. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  2. Stevens, Mark (12 July 2007). "Lung surgery for Petterd". Herald Sun. News Ltd. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  3. Paton, Al (4 May 2010). "Surgery sidelines Petterd". Adelaide Advertiser. News Ltd. Retrieved 10 April 2014.
  4. Ricky Petterd AFL Playing Stats from 2007
  5. "Petterd adds more versatility". Richmond Football Club. Richmond Football Club. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  6. "Foot injury forces Tiger Petterd to retire at just 27". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  7. "Ricky Petterd". AFL Tables. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
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