Scott West

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Scott West
Scott west afl player.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-11-14) 14 November 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Swan Reach, South Australia
Original team Strathmore
Debut Round 1, 1993, Footscray
v. Collingwood, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Height/Weight 178 cm / 80 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1993-2008 Western Bulldogs 324 (104)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2008 season.
Career highlights

Scott West (born 14 November 1974) is a former Australian rules football player who played for the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League. West was a tough "in-and-under" midfielder who was hard at the ball, especially around the stoppages, and was regularly one of the leading possession accumulators in the competition.

Early career[edit]

West attended Essendon Grammar and was recruited to the Footscray Football Club (now Western Bulldogs) where he made his debut in 1993. He won an AFL Rising Star nomination that season. In 1993 and 1994 he wore the number 14 guernsey, before changing to his famous number 7 in the wake of Doug Hawkins' departure to Fitzroy in 1995.

AFL career[edit]

West is regarded as one of the most consistent players in the AFL over a long time-frame. He has regularly made the most disposals in the AFL in the past ten years, and has made AFL All-Australian selection on five occasions in 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2006. He won seven club best-and-fairest awards (Charles Sutton Medals); his victory in 2005 overtaking Gary Dempsey's previous record of six.

Late in 2006 West had been described as being in the best form of his career despite him being 32 years of age and completing his 300th game. This run of form included an incredible career best 45 disposals in one match against the Adelaide Crows. In the 2006 season, West became the first player on record (recorded since 1987) to amass more than 400 handpasses in a season, finishing with 423.

Scott West is considered to be one of the best ever players not to have won a Brownlow medal. In 2000 he was particularly unlucky. Going into the final round, he was level with Shane woewodin from Melbourne on 22 votes. Having had only 17 disposals and being interchanged for majority of the final quarter, Shane woewodin wasn't considered a chance to poll Against westcoast, however woewodin polled 2 votes and consequently Won the medal on 24 votes. Wests amazing brownlow record consists of third in 1999, second (by two votes) in 2000 and (by two votes) in 2006 and fourth in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 he won the Sunday Footy Show's Lou Richards award for best player as voted by Channel 9's football commentators. He was the crowd favourite to win the Brownlow Medal in 2006, due to his string of close misses and secondly, because he was one of the few Victoria-based players with a high chance of winning the award, during a period when non-Victorian teams were dominating the league. West ended up finishing second in 2006 behind Adam Goodes.

On September 23, 2008, his illustrated career came to an end after the club said he was no longer required at the club.[1] Despite being 33 years old when he retired, many considered it to be a premature end to his career as he was still greatly contributing to the Western Bulldogs in a key midfielder position until an injury which he was struggling to recover from limited him to just 4 games in the 2008 season.

After AFL[edit]

In early 2008, West was named in the Western Bulldogs Team of the Century along with Footscray great Ted Whitten. The Scott West Award was named in his honour.

In 2009, West took up a part-time Assistant Coach position at the Melbourne Football Club.

In 2012 Scott West became the coach of the Werribee Football Club in the VFL. He quit after the 2013 season.[2]

In 2013 West was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.[3]

Statistics[edit]

[4]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1993 Footscray 14 17 21 15 170 119 289 36 35 1.2 0.9 10.0 7.0 17.0 2.1 2.1
1994 Footscray 14 23 9 11 338 155 493 51 38 0.4 0.5 14.7 6.7 21.4 2.2 1.7
1995 Footscray 7 23 6 13 365 182 547 46 45 0.3 0.6 15.9 7.9 23.8 2.0 2.0
1996 Footscray 7 15 0 4 137 128 265 21 23 0.0 0.3 9.1 8.5 17.7 1.4 1.5
1997 Western Bulldogs 7 24 5 3 367 240 607 58 57 0.2 0.1 15.3 10.0 25.3 2.4 2.4
1998 Western Bulldogs 7 24 5 3 309 301 610 40 67 0.2 0.1 12.9 12.5 25.4 1.7 2.8
1999 Western Bulldogs 7 21 11 5 244 268 512 47 40 0.5 0.2 11.6 12.8 24.4 2.2 1.9
2000 Western Bulldogs 7 23 7 5 331 326 657 80 51 0.3 0.2 14.4 14.2 28.6 3.5 2.2
2001 Western Bulldogs 7 22 11 4 283 298 581 72 59 0.5 0.2 12.9 13.5 26.4 3.3 2.7
2002 Western Bulldogs 7 18 8 8 222 249 471 61 57 0.4 0.4 12.3 13.8 26.2 3.4 3.2
2003 Western Bulldogs 7 22 3 6 277 343 620 107 67 0.1 0.3 12.6 15.6 28.2 4.9 3.0
2004 Western Bulldogs 7 22 7 10 278 314 592 104 80 0.3 0.5 12.6 14.3 26.9 4.7 3.6
2005 Western Bulldogs 7 22 4 7 267 370 637 91 61 0.2 0.3 12.1 16.8 29.0 4.1 2.8
2006 Western Bulldogs 7 24 6 5 285 423 708 119 77 0.3 0.2 11.9 17.6 29.5 5.0 3.2
2007 Western Bulldogs 7 20 1 6 211 329 540 110 82 0.1 0.3 10.6 16.5 27.0 5.5 4.1
2008 Western Bulldogs 7 4 0 0 45 48 93 14 14 0.0 0.0 11.3 12.0 23.3 3.5 3.5
Career 324 104 105 4129 4093 8222 1057 853 0.3 0.3 12.7 12.6 25.4 3.3 2.6

Media Profile[edit]

West has made several appearances on the AFL Footy Show and appeared on a pizza ad with Melbourne's David Neitz.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulldogs axe West". AFL.com.au. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  2. ^ Diamond, Brent (8 October 2013). "Scott West quits as Werribee's VFL coach as Dogs return looms". The Age. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Green, Warwick (5 June 2013). "Scott West crowned an AFL Hall of Fame member". Herald Sun. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Scott West's player profile at AFL Tables

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Chris Grant
Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest winner
1995
Succeeded by
Chris Grant, Jose Romero
Preceded by
Chris Grant, Jose Romero
Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest winner
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Brad Johnson
Preceded by
Brad Johnson
Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest winner
2000
Succeeded by
Luke Darcy
Preceded by
Brad Johnson
Western Bulldogs Best and Fairest winner
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Brad Johnson