Toby McGrath

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Toby McGrath
Personal information
Full name Toby Jason McGrath
Date of birth (1980-10-11) 11 October 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Northam, Western Australia
Original team Kent Districts
Draft Pick #12, 2000 Rookie Draft, West Coast
Pick #57, 2002 Rookie Draft, Essendon
Height/Weight 180 cm / 87 kg
Position(s) Midfield, half-back flanker
Club information
Current club South Fremantle
Number 39
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1998–2001; 2004–12
2000–01
2002
2003
South Fremantle
West Coast
Essendon (VFL)
Bendigo Bombers
Total
234 (107)
0 (0)
12 (0)
15 (?)
261 (107+)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2000; 2004–05; 2008–10 WAFL 6 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 22, 2011 season.
Career highlights

Toby Jason McGrath (born 11 October 1980 in Northam, Western Australia) is an Australian rules footballer, currently playing for South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). He was rookie-listed with both the West Coast Eagles and Essendon in the Australian Football League (AFL), but did not play a game for either club.

Early career[edit]

McGrath was born in Northam, Western Australia. He has three brothers: Bradley, Cory and Ashley McGrath. Cory and Ashley both played in the AFL, for Carlton and the Brisbane Lions respectively. McGrath played junior football in Katanning before being recruited to South Fremantle in the WAFL, where he made his debut in 1994.

AFL career[edit]

McGrath had a brief taste of the professional Australian Football League, when he was recruited from South Fremantle to the West Coast Eaglesrookie list. He was delisted after spending a year on their list without playing a game. He was then given another chance by the Essendon Football Club in 2002 & 2003, where he played with his brother Cory, although again did not manage to make his senior debut.

Later WAFL career[edit]

He won the South Fremantle Football Club's Best & Fairest Award in 2004 and in 2005 he won both the Sandover, the WAFL’s prestigious best player award and Simpson Medal for the Best player in the Grand Final and was a member of South Fremantle’s premiership winning side. He represented WA on six occasions in 2000, 2004 and 2005, and was captain of the 2008 WA side that defeated Queensland in Townsville, 2009 and 2010.

In 2008 he was appointed captain of South Fremantle and played his 150th game for the Bulldogs while also winning his second Best & Fairest award. [1] In 2009 he played in his fifth WAFL Grand Final[2] and captained South Fremantle to the WAFL premiership, his second after being a member of the 2005 team.[3] He played his 200th game for South Fremantle in the final round of the 2010 season. In 2011 Toby McGrath was named in South Fremantle’s Indigenous Team of The Century and he in 2012 was included in the WAFL’s Best 25 players of the Last 25 Years.[4]

McGrath is employed as a fireman with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia.[5] He has three brothers, Cory and Ashley who have both played in the AFL and Bradley. Marty McGrath and Dion Woods, who played for Richmond and Fremantle respectively, are both cousins.[6]

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