Ron Hovey

Ronald Clive Hovey OAM (25 August 1932 – 6 January 2015) was an Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Ron Hovey
Personal information
Date of birth 25 August 1932
Date of death 6 January 2015(2015-01-06) (aged 82)
Original team(s) St Brendans Shepparton
Height 179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1951–1960 Geelong 141 (25)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1960.
Career highlights
  • Geelong premiership player 1951,52
  • 3 time VFL interstate representative
Sources: AFL Tables,


Hovey was a regular in the Geelong backline during the 1950s and would sometimes push into the midfield.[1] He was a member of Geelong's 1951 and 1952 premiership teams.[2] Hovey, who finished equal seventh in the 1959 Brownlow Medal, was captain of Geelong in 1960, his final season.[2][3]

Two of his brothers, Ced and Jim, also played league football for Geelong.[4]

Later years

Hovey served as President of Geelong Football Club from 1988 until 1998.[2]

Hovey was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 1997 Australia Day Honours[5] and the Centenary Medal in 2001.[6]

He died on 6 January 2015, aged 82.[7]


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 9781920910785.
  2. Lovett, Michael (2004). AFL 2004 – The Official Statistical History Of The AFL. AFL Publishing. ISBN 0-9580300-5-7.
  3. "1959 Brownlow Medal". AFL Tables. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  4. "Vale Ron Hovey". 7 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  5. "Ronald Clive Hovey". Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  6. "Ronald Clive Hovey". Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  7. Lannen, Danny (7 January 2015). "Geelong mourns death of Ron Hovey, former dual premiership player and president". Geelong Advertiser. Herald Sun. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
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