Adam Ritson

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Born
Friday, 6th August, 1976
Current Age
47 years and 298 days

Biography

Cronulla coach Arthur Beetson drew much criticism for drafting 16-year-old schoolboy Adam Ritson into first grade in 1993. The giant prop was up to the task, however, and after playing in the club's President's Cup grand final-winning side in 1994, surprisingly found himself at the centre of a tug-of-war between Super League and the ARL. Ritson remained with the ARL and, after commencing his promising rep career with selection for City, joined P’matta in 1996. That year, Ritson was knocked unconscious in a match against Canberra after a high tackle by rival forward John Lomax, and a routine scan discovered a life-threatening cyst in his brain. After 14 operations in an ordeal that almost claimed his life, Ritson recovered his health but his playing career was over.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Additional Notes

Junior Club: Engadine Dragons

Playing Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSWRL/ARL Premiership (NRL) 41 2 -   - 8 21 19 1 51.22% List
Challenge Cup AU 4 1 -   - 4 3 1 0 75.00% List
City vs Country 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
NSWRL/ARL Finals 2 - -   - - 0 2 0 0.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW City 1995 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List


Club Career

NSWRL/ARL Premiership (NRL) - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla NSWRL 1993 4 - -   - - 1 3 0 25.00% List
Cronulla NSWRL 1994 10 1 -   - 4 6 4 0 60.00% List
Cronulla ARL 1995 15 - -   - - 8 7 0 53.33% List
Parramatta ARL 1996 12 1 -   - 4 6 5 1 50.00% List

NSWRL/ARL Premiership (NRL) - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Cronulla 1993-95 29 1 -   - 4 15 14 0 51.72% List
Parramatta 1996 12 1 -   - 4 6 5 1 50.00% List
Overall1993-1996 41 2 0   0 8 21 19 1 51.22% List

Your Say

  • Anonymous
    15/01/2012

    Great player. Lovely bloke.
    It's a shame he is too humble to appreciate the plaudits

  • Anonymous
    01/02/2012

    Agree with anonymous

  • Anonymous
    05/02/2014

    Best player never to have made the big time in my opinion!! effort less tackle breaks, magic off load, strength, power, good guy

  • Kev
    16/07/2015

    Was set for a huge career. Life can be cruel sometimes

  • Anonymous
    07/09/2020

    Would of been one of the best props ever to have played the game. He was mixing it up with all the top props already and he was just a kid
    Such a tragedy
    I always wonder what he could have been
    Big strong fast good offload match fit
    Best props ever

    Beetson
    Lazo
    Chief
    Webke
    Pedro
    Morley
    Carroll
    Burgess
    Shrek
    Mason
    Price
    Wiki
    McDermott
    Roach
    Pay
    Johnston for defence only
    Gillespie all good props

  • James Simmons
    24/09/2020

    One of the few times a player can be thankful for being knocked out. I wonder if the cyst would have been found before it was too late but for that high tackle?

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, Andrew Ferguson, Shawn Dollin, AJ Lucantonio, Greg Fiveash, Paul Carter

Sources: David Middleton's Rugby League Yearbook (1987-88 to present)