Ronnie Burns (footballer)

Ronald Paul Burns (born 13 March 1973) is a former Indigenous Australian rules footballer for the Geelong Football Club and Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League (AFL).[1]

Ronnie Burns
Personal information
Full name Ronald Paul Burns
Date of birth (1973-03-13) 13 March 1973
Original team(s) St Mary's
Draft 49th overall, 1995
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)[1]
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996–2002 Geelong 134 (239)
2003–2004 Adelaide 020 0(23)
Total 154 (262)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2004.
Sources: AFL Tables,


Burns is the nephew of former footballers Tony and Benny Vigona.[2]

Playing career

Originally from St Mary's Football Club of the Northern Territory Football League, Burns moved to Western Australia and played colts football for Claremont Football Club before moving back to Darwin. He was lured back to Perth by the West Perth Football Club before being drafted to the Geelong Cats in the AFL.[1][3] Burns led the Cats in goalkicking 5 times, playing as a small crumbing forward during a less decorated time for the club.

After a period of poor play, the Cats traded Burns to the Adelaide Crows for Ben Finnin,[1] who ultimately did not play a game for the Cats. Burns played out the rest of his career with the Crows, but failed to make the same impact as he had made for the Cats.

Burns played 154 games and kicked 262 goals from 1995–2004.


  1. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). North Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 90. ISBN 1-74095-032-1.
  2. Roffey, Chelsea (21 May 2009). "The Tiwi effect". Australian Football League. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  3. McGrath, John (2 May 1997). "Burns Back With A Future". The West Australian.
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