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A different take on Ben Ronke’s game

Don’t you just love it the way the young men of today treat their hairdos with the utmost respect! Especially those with the ultra-modern 1940s style short back and sides.

Throughout our game on Friday night against Hawthorn, man-of-the-moment Ben Ronke made absolutely sure that his carefully groomed coiffure, with its heavily waxed spiky crest sitting atop his head, was perfectly in place.

Before and after each of his seven goals – and often simply after a mark – he would instinctively raise his right arm, place his fingers on his scalp, grab the hair and pull it upwards towards the sky – all in a matter of seconds – to ensure that he looked exactly as he did in front of the mirror that morning.

Maybe most young men on the footy field in just their third game don’t have their team mates surrounding them as much as Ben did on Friday night – surrounding him with loving hugs, cuddles and “messing up the hair” embraces, but he handled it all perfectly!

Let’s hope the ruffling continues!


Ben Ronke’s follicles were the only thing on point as he kicked seven unblemished majors



About Jan Courtin

A Bloods tragic since first game at Lake Oval in 1948. Moved interstate to Sydney to be closer to beloved Swans in 1998. My book "My Lifelong Love Affair with the Swans" was launched by the Swans at their headquarters at the SCG in August 2016.


  1. Neil Anderson says

    My eyes were on the part. A flash-back to the 1950’s when it was compulsory to have one along with Brylcream to plaster the cowlicks down.
    He kicked those goals so easily he would be a real asset for the Bulldogs and St Kilda at the moment.

  2. I remember, Neil! Especially the Brylcream.

  3. Keiran Croker says

    Yeah, it’s a nice cut. They actually cut the part in these days,

    I notice, with a couple of notable exceptions, that the Swans tend to lack players with fancy haircuts and tattoos. I wonder if it’s something that Longmire & Co discourage? Though happy for Ronks to look however he likes if he keeps playing as he is.

  4. Jan Courtin says

    I’ve often thought the same, Keiran, regarding our guys and “different” haircuts and tats. Maybe part of the no dickheads policy, although fashion certainly shouldn’t determine or reflect upon one’s attitude and demeanour. No complaints from me!

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