Tony West

With Carlton: 1974 - 1976
Reserves Games: 33
Reserves Goals: 21
Guernsey Numbers: 49 (1974), 47 (1974) & 38 (1975 to 76)
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 11.0 (70 kg)
DOB: 11th September, 1956.

Anthony C. West, or more commonly referred to as Tony played with Carlton U/19's and Reserves in the mid 70's as a rover. His time at the club coincided with the likes of gun on-ballers such as Trevor Keogh, Barry Armstrong, Syd Jackson and Rod Ashman so getting a senior game was always going to be a struggle. The Blues also had young guns like Jim Buckley, Ken Sheldon etc coming through, so West like future champion VFA on-baller Bill Swan found their opportunities of gaining a senior game very hard with the Blues.

West headed off to local VFA club Brunswick in 1976 where he became a member of the 1980 Brunswick VFA Second Division premiership team. West had no issues adjusting to the improved standard and competitiveness up in Division 1. At the J.J. Liston count in 1981 he was runner-up to Port Melbourne's Vic Aanensen in this prestigious award.

His talent in the VFA resulted in him being given a second chance at VFL level with Essendon. He made two appearances with Essendon in 1982 before spending the rest of the year on the sidelines with a broken leg. He kicked bags of four goals with his first two games of the 1983 VFL season, the only goals of his league career. Due to the strength of the Essendon team, West made only played one game in their premiership year of 1984 and instead spent most of his time in the reserves where he won the 1984 Reserves Best and Fairest. In total, West played eight games and kicked eight goals for the Bombers between 1982 - 1984.

West resumed at Brunswick in 1985 and participated in another Second Division premiership that year, two of his team mates that day were former Blues in David Whillas and Robert Lawson. He was a J.J. Liston Trophy winner in 1986. Tony West would be rewarded for his services to the club by being appointed as captain of the Brunswick Magpies team during the 1987 and 1988 seasons.

West was originally recruited from Dallas Blues and then Dallas YCW which were both located within the Carlton Northern Metropolitan recruiting zone.

He did not play a senior game for Carlton.

Career Highlights

1974 - U/19's Best and Fairest.

1986 - Tony West JJ Liston Trophy winner.

1974 Tony West (Carlton U/19's)

1980 – Former Blues M. Scully, M. Toy & T. West in Brunswicks’ premiership team photo.

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Page last modified on Thursday 21 of October, 2021 19:09:59 AEDT by Bombasheldon.

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