Assistant CoachAt Carlton : 1981
Playing Career : Richmond 1969-70 (12 games, 0 goals); South Melbourne 1971-74 (43 games, 0 goals)
Height : 187 cm ( 6 ft. 2 in.)
Weight : 85.5 kg (13 stone, 7 lbs.)
DOB : February 20, 1949
In 1981, Carlton appointed former Richmond and South Melbourne defender Ray Ball as coach of the Blues’ Under-19 squad. The future father of 17-game Hawthorn player Matthew Ball, and 2010 Collingwood Premiership midfielder Luke Ball, Ray had recently coached Mulgrave to the 1979 Eastern Districts Football League Premiership, showing particular affinity to the club’s younger players.
Beforehand, Ball had been a specialist full-back in 12 games for the Tigers and another 43 for the Bloods between 1969 and 1974. After leaving the Lake Oval, he joined VFA club Caulfield for a couple of seasons before moving on to Mulgrave, and then to Princes Park.
Unfortunately for Ball, his one season in charge of the Blues’ youngsters was not a memorable one. After winning four of their first six games, the team slumped to finish tenth on the 12-team ladder, so the consequent parting of the ways came as no surprise.
Later, Ball returned to South Melbourne as an assistant coach during the early days of their transformation into the Sydney Swans, and went on to serve as a member of their match committee for a number of years.