Carlton Reserves Career : 1984 - 1988
Night Games : 1
Night Goals : 0
Reserve Games : 50
Reserve Goals : 20
Height : 182cm (5'11½")
Weight : 78kg (12.4)
Guernsey Nos. 42 (1984), 51 (1985), & 46 (1986-88),
DOB : April 16, 1967
Paul Starbuck was recruited from Chewton (near Castlemaine). He.played in one Night Premiership match for the Blues - the 1984 Quarter Final against Melbourne - at the age of 17, before representing Victoria in that year's Under-17 Teal Cup Carnival. Three years later, he was a member of Carlton's 1987 Reserve Premiership side. Overall however, in a five-year stay at Princes Park, he played a total of 50 Reserves games (including 6 finals) without earning senior selection again.
In 1989 Starbuck returned home to Castlemaine, where his ex Carlton Reserves coach Col Kinnear - who was then in charge of the Sydney Swans - surprised by selecting him in the pre-season draft. Paul played his only senior game for the Swans against Fitzroy at the SCG in round 12, 1990, then stayed on Sydney's list and played a further 31 Reserves games until he was de-listed at the end of 1991.
Career Highlights1986 - U/19's 3rd Best and Fairest
1986 - U/19's Captain
1987 - Reserves Premiership
1988 - Reserves Best Clubman