Ben Ross – Hawthorn #21

Ben was drafted by Hawthorn at pick 57 in the 2014 Rookie draft after two excellent seasons with Werribee VFL. The main highlight of his time in the VFL was winning the 2012 J.J. Liston Trophy as the league’s best and fairest player.

Ben was originally selected by North Melbourne in the 2007 Pre-season draft and played 14 games for the Kangaroos.

Ben is a versatile player who has the ability to play forward, in the midfield or across half back where he spent most of his time for Werribee in the 2013 season. He uses the ball well, makes good decisions and has excellent speed and endurance.

Ben will add great depth to Hawthorn’s squad in 2014 and could be a vital ingredient in their quest for back to back premierships.

Q: What Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?

A: I played with Bunyip junior footy club and then Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup. The highlight was definitely winning the premiership with Gippsland in 2005.

Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?

A: Paul Kelly and Tony Lockett. I grew up supporting Sydney because my grandfather played for South Melbourne and I just loved the way Paul Kelly played and Tony Lockett was a star.

Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?

A: I went into Hawthorn Footy Club on the day to get a medical check and then when the actual draft was on I was working at a finance company called ‘The Practice’ in Carlton doing work placement.

Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?

A: Playing my first game for North against Melbourne in Round 4 after getting picked up in the pre-season draft has been the highlight so far. It made it even better that we won the game. Hopefully plenty more highlights to come with the hawks.

Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?

A: I like to play a bit of golf, watching the NFL, NBA and EPL like to play FIFA and NBA on the Playstation, and apart from that I just like to hang out with family and friends.

Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?

A: Before I got picked up by the Hawks I was studying full time so I would have continued to do that. I have seven units of a commerce degree remaining. I was also working part time in the finance industry. I’m still studying part time this year.