Ross Funcke

Ross Funcke (born 16 November 1977) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Ross Funcke
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-11-16) 16 November 1977
Original team(s) Ballarat Under 18s / Minyip
Debut Round 6, 4 May 1996, Richmond
vs. Fitzroy, at Western Oval
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996–1999 Richmond 27 (1)
2001–2002 Melbourne 13 (4)
Total 40 (5)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2002.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Richmond career

Funcke was recruited to the Richmond Tigers in the 1995 AFL Draft. Touted as a half-back player, he fulfilled that role for the Tigers, though not too impressively. At the end of the 1999 season Richmond delisted the then 21-year-old Funcke. It seemed that would be the end of his AFL career, but it was not.

Melbourne career

In 2000 Funcke played in the Victorian Football League (VFL) with the North Ballarat Roosters and surprisingly was picked up by the Melbourne Football Club and given a lifeline at AFL level. By that time, Funcke was a tagger/run-with player and he was utilised accordingly in his debut season with Melbourne in 2001. After playing the first game in Round 1, 2001, he did not return to the side until Round 19, but performed solidly when he returned, and was impressive in Melbourne's Round 20 win over Sydney. He was retained in the side for the rest of the season, but in 2002 he had a poor year and was finally delisted.

Post-AFL career

Funcke carved out a career with the Port Adelaide Magpies in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) once his AFL career ended, and he became a valuable player for the club. Personal issues forced him home during the 2005 season.

In 2006, Funcke has signed on as a player-coach with Donald Football Club in the North Central Football League. He married his long term partner Kellie in October 2006.

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