Ross Young

Ross Young (born 9 September 1983) is an Australian rules footballer. He is most notable for his time at the Perth Football Club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL), where he served as captain and won a Sandover Medal. He had a brief career in the Australian Football League with the Carlton Football Club.

Ross Young
Personal information
Full name Ross Young
Date of birth (1983-09-09) 9 September 1983
Original team(s) Bendigo Pioneers
Draft 35th overall, 2007 Rookie Draft (Carlton)
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Richmond
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2004–07 Northern Bullants 46 (34)
2007 Carlton 6 (3)
2008–12 Perth 87 (71)
2014 Richmond (VFL) 18 (8)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008–10 Western Australia 3 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2014.
Career highlights
  • University Blues premiership 2004
  • University Blues best and fairest 2004
  • Sandover Medal
    • Winner 2009
    • Third place 2008
  • Perth best and fairest 2009, 2011, 2012
  • Perth captain 2012
  • VAFA International rules captain, 2013
  • University Blues best and fairest 2013
  • Richmond VFL team captain 2014
  • Richmond VFL best and fairest 2014
  • Woodrow Medal 2015
  • University Blues best and fairest 2015
Sources: AFL Tables,


Originally from Donald, Victoria, Young played under-18s football for the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup in 2001.[1] Following this, Young played amateur football for three years with the University Blues in the VAFA, winning a flag and a best and fairest award with the Blues in 2004.[2] From there, Young shifted to the Northern Bullants in the Victorian Football League in 2005, playing there for two seasons and gaining a regular place in the Bullants' seniors in 2006.

Carlton, the Bullants' Australian Football League affiliate, selected Young as a rookie with its third round selection (the 35th pick overall) in the 2007 Rookie Draft, held before the beginning of the 2007 regular season. Young, at 23 years old, was the first player to be selected under new rules where older players could be rookie listed if they had never been through an AFL club system.[3] Being selected by Carlton was a dream come true for Young, as he had always been an unabashed fan of former Carlton great Peter "Percy" Jones. He was elevated from the rookie list before Round 6 of that year as a replacement for Nick Stevens, making his debut against St Kilda.[4] Young played six games for Carlton throughout his only season at the AFL club, and was delisted at the end of the year.[5]

Young then moved to Western Australia to play with Perth in the WAFL,[6] where he had a distinguished WAFL career. He won the 2009 Sandover Medal[7] after finishing third in 2008.[8] He won the Butcher Medal as the club's best and fairest player in 2009 and 2011, and represented Western Australia in three interstate matches between 2008 and 2010.[9] In February 2012, Young was named the captain of the Perth Football Club for the 2012 season, taking over from Steven Armstrong, who had retired.[10]

Young left Perth at the end of 2012 to return to Melbourne. He returned to the University Blues for the 2013 season, and was captain of the VAFA representative team which underwent an International rules football series in Irelend in October 2013.[11] In 2014, Young signed with the Richmond Football Club and served as the captain of its reserves team during its inaugural season in the Victorian Football League.[12] He returned to University Blues in 2015,[13] and was joint-winner of the 2015 Woodrow Medal as VAFA Premier Division best and fairest.[14]

Young is the cousin of Collingwood's Clinton Young, and his younger brother Seamus also played with Ross at Perth.[2][6]


  1. Ross Young – Blueseum. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  2. VAFA premiership player to make AFL debut
  3. Blues upgrade rookie for Stevens; Fox Sports; (3 May 2007
  4. Jason Johnson finally back for Bombers; The Age; 3 May 2007
  5. Pierik, Jon (7 September 2007) Ratten dumps five Blues
  6. Pike, Chris (5 April 2008); Former Blue Ross Young enjoying Perth life in WAFL; PerthNow
  7. Clarke, Tim (15 September 2009) Young's Sandover completes clean sweep
  8. Pike, Chris (15 September 2008); Exciting forward takes out WAFL's Sandover Medal
  9. Ross YOUNG (Perth) – West Australian Football League. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  10. Young named Perth captainThe West Australian online. Published 28 February 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  11. "VAFA announces team to tour Ireland". Victorian Amateur Football Association. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
  12. "Ross Young to captain VFL Tigers". Richmond Football Club. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  13. Tim Michell (9 December 2014). "Uni Blues bolster midfield stocks with re-signing of 2014 Richmond VFL skipper Ross Young". Melbourne Leader. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  14. "Rumour confirmed: mess up in the VAFA Best & Fairest count". 3AW. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
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