Footy star turned ‘King of Bali’ throws wild 50th dressed as Hugh Hefner surrounded by scantily clad women and his AFL mates – and the one VERY controversial player was rumoured to be the star attraction
- Former AFL great Rick Olaranshaw has partied in style
- Known as the ‘King of Bali’ for wild parties
- Olaranshaw has hosted a Who’s Who of AFL greats
- He was ‘looking after’ Jordan De Goey during his trip
Footy great dubbed ‘The King of Bali’ has thrown a 50th birthday bash for the ages in his adopted homeland – surrounded by pole dancers and his AFL mates.
In a video posted to social media on Thursday, Bali-based premiership-winning player Rick Olaranshaw is seen celebrating the milestone dressed as Hugh Hefner with a smoking jacket and sailor cap alongside his wife Nitha and a bevy of scantily clad woman.
The ex-Essendon star moved to the party island in 2013, where he runs several gyms and coaches the famed Bali Geckos football team.
Rick Olaranshaw dressed as Playboy editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner. He is pictured with his wife Nitha
Olaranshaw was entertained by a gaggle of beauties during his 50th birthday bash
Former AFL great Wayne Carey (second from left) joins Olaranshaw (second from right) with the Bali Geckos
A bunch of football stars and identities are believed to have made the trip to Bali to celebrate with Olaranshaw, who is known to be one of the most likeable AFL footballers to have ever pulled on the boots.
One of his long-time mates Wayne Carey is believed to be in Bali, although his manager would not confirm whether he attended the party.
Daily Mail Australia revealed on Wednesday that Carey – who has previously made a guest appearance playing for the Geckos – had quietly dropped legal action against Crown Resorts over last year’s ‘white powder’ scandal.
Partaking in a training session for the Geckos has become a must-do for many current and former AFL stars on holiday in Bali.
Other AFL greats to have played for the Geckos include Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin and Collingwood’s Dane Swan and Jordan De Goey.
James Hird and Rick Olarenshaw celebrate winning the 1993 AFL Grand Final
Richmond great Dustin Martin and Olaranshaw in Bali
Collingwood star Jordan De Goey (pictured) got into trouble in Bali after Olaranshaw let him off the leash
De Goey appeared in a video in Bali with Instagram model Remy Jackson (pictured) who later defended the footballer
It had been Olaranshaw who had been chaperoning De Goey in Bali last year up until the time he he went out partying alone at a nightclub.
De Goey’s Bali bender saw him later receive a suspended club fine of $25,000 and forced to apologise after he was filmed partying a little too hard with Instagram model Remy Jackson.
Olaranshaw defended De Goey then, telling Melbourne radio De Goey had conducted himself well during his time away.
‘He’s not the only player in AFL that’s had days off and gone to a bar or night club,’ Olaranshaw told Triple M.
‘It’s just because it’s Bali I guess that’s why it’s caused such a stir.’
‘From my point of view, he’s been really well behaved, he’s enjoying his break.
‘If he was driving around on a motorbike with no helmet on then I’d give him a whack but going to bar like any other player on their bye weekend, I don’t see the issue.’
Happily married with children, Olaranshaw has transitioned from footballer to a successful businessman off the back of three F45 gym studios.
Olaranshaw told guests he had planned the birthday bash years ago, but it had been ruined by Covid lockdowns.
‘It should have been my 47th birthday instead of my 50th, but thanks to everyone for making an effort to dress up, look all sexy,’ he told guests.
WHO IS RICK OLARANSHAW?
Olaranshaw made his senior AFL debut in 1993 with the Bombers and instantly made a good impression.
The left-foot wingman was an integral player in the 1993 Bombers premiership side, which would go down in history as the ‘Baby Bombers’.
He was traded to Collingwood in 1998 but become disillusioned.
Injuries restricted him to just five games with the club and he was traded to the Kangaroos at the end of 2000.
He played just one game before announcing his retirement in 2001.
After football, Olaranshaw enjoyed a role with Channel 7 where he was the boundary rider for several seasons.
He was eventually replaced by former Richmond great Matthew Richardson in 2010.
Just three years later he moved to Bali where he has become a successful businessman.
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