Educated at Banksia Park High School, Jonathon Ross played his early football with the Tea Tree Gully juniors. Athletic and versatile, the smooth moving left-footer
could play in any key position, or as a ruckman.
Ross played in all 24 games for the Norwood under 17's in 1989 and was an important member of that year's premiership team, finishing third in the best and fairest.
He progressed rapidly through the grades in 1990, playing six games in the under 17's, seven in the under 19's, and four in the reserves. During the year, he also represented South Australia in the Under 17 Teal Cup National Carnival held in Brisbane.
In 1991, aged 17, he was selected in the Adelaide Crows inaugural 52 man squad.
Ross made his senior debut for the Redlegs in the opening round of that season's Foundation Cup pre-season competition, and played 17 league games for the year.
He made his AFL debut for the Crows against Richmond in 1992 and went on to play 12 games in his first year of AFL football.
Sadly, his career was to be hampered by shoulder and knee injuries. He was out of action for nearly five months after an operation to repair torn shoulder ligaments.
He had injured the shoulder mid-season 1992, but waited until the season had ended before having it fixed.
Despite further setbacks, Ross played his 50th senior game for the Redlegs in 1996.
At the end of the year, after 20 AFL games, Ross was traded by the Crows to Collingwood, in exchange for another ex-Norwood player, Brett James.
Unfortunately, shortly after arriving at his new club, Ross was de-listed by the Magpies.
Later in 1997, Ross moved to Western Australia, and played five games with Peel Thunder in the WAFL.
Jonathon Ross is the son of Lester Ross Snr (27 NFC games, 1961-1962), and the brother of Lester Ross Jnr (161 NFC games, 1983-1992)
R Cialini April 2018