Hall of Fame - Legend Inductee 2019 - Ron Best
Golden Square / Northern United
By Richard Jones
Ron Best is the greatest full-forward and goalkicker in BFNL history.
He nailed a total of 1624 majors, including bags of 10 goals or more no less than 48 times, during his stellar career.
That 48-game tally where he kicked double figures comes to a staggering 556 majors.
Ron kicked 10-plus majors 29 times at Golden Square, 12 at Sandhurst, and then seven more times at Northern United.
His biggest individual haul was 16 majors (against Kyneton in Round 20 of 1969), but he also snagged double figure totals on 10 more occasions.
Ron’s most prolific season was 1980 when he speared home 161 goals for the Square, including eight games of 10-plus.
He nailed 15 goals twice during his career, 14 goals six times and 13 twice also.
Ron was also a premiership-winning coach. In 1973 he became the BFL’s youngest-ever flag-winning mentor when, aged 23, he guided Sandhurst to their first premiership since 1949: Ron’s birth year.
The Hurst accounted for his old club, Golden Square which he’d left in 1971, by 46 points in a stirring victory.
Another flag came Sandhurst’s and Ron’s way in 1977 before he returned to the Square for the 1978 season and continued on as the Bulldogs’ premiership coach in 1979.
His stunning resume includes the book-ending of his career with double figure totals.
As an 18-year-old in 1968 Ron nailed 14 goals for the Bulldogs (14.9 to be precise) in his debut and then in his swansong match Ron booted 11 goals as Northern United won the 1984 grand final against Eaglehawk.
A season earlier – in 1983 – Besty had slotted his 12th 100-goal haul in the BFL to finish on 124 majors in his penultimate season.