11th April 2019


As Huddersfield Giants take on Castleford Tigers on the 11th April, we take an in-depth look at familiar face who has played for both clubs

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By Alex Robinson

We take a closer look at a player who has played for 4 clubs, with the two English clubs being the Giants and Castleford – Ben Roarty.

We look at Roarty who had a 9-year playing career, playing over 100 games for Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers, Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers.

A powerful prop/second-row, Roarty was a member of the inaugural Melbourne Storm team and played in their first game in 1998, winning against Illawarra Steelers 14-12, and was named the club’s rookie of the year. The following year Melbourne Storm played against St George Illawarra Dragons in the 1999 NRL Grand Final. Roarty started on the bench against the Dragons and his try helped Storm secure the title in a 20-18 victory. Melbourne defeated St Helens 6-44 in the World Club Challenge Final, however, Roarty wasn’t selected in the win. He would go onto play for a further year playing in 94 games, before moving to Penrith Panthers in 2002.

However, he only played for one season after being only used primarily of the bench and was granted an early release midway through Penrith’s Premiership winning season in 2003, Roarty signed for Huddersfield midway through the 2003 season.

In 2005 Roarty was selected as Giants captain, however, it would be fearsome forward last season for the Giants before signing for Castleford Tigers for the 2006 season, after a neck injury ended his season early. Having gained promotion for the 2006 season, Castleford strengthened their squad with the addition of Roarty, however, would only play 17 games for Castleford before retiring and moving back home in 2006.

Roarty had several jobs after retirement. He owned a business in outdoor and fitness and stayed in the health and fitness industry for the next four years, whilst also juggling a second job as a youth worker. In 2007, Roarty was coach of the Sunbury United Tigers first-grade team in the Victorian Rugby League competition.

In 2009, Roarty played for Hay Magpies Rugby League in group 20 of the NSW Country Rugby League, and helped Hay win their first ever Premiership in any grade. Roarty swapped the gym for the prison system, taking on a role as a corrections officer, however, after doing the job for five years and a workplace accident, he spent 2016 in Workers compensation having suffered PSTD. Roarty now works with CUA School Fun-Runs, driving around the county helping organising school trips and fun runs in Victoria, Australia.   


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