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Key Facts

Full name
Scott West

Known as
Scott West

Born
14 November 1974 (age 48)

Place of birth
Swan Reach, SA (5354)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 132d
Last game: 33y 164d

Height and weight
Height: 178 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
Western Bulldogs; Australia

Jumper numbers
Western Bulldogs: 14, 7

State of origin
SA

Best & fairest
Charles Sutton Medal: 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005 (7 total); All Australian: 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006 (5 total)

Family links
Troy West (Brother)Rhylee West (Son)

Scott West

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Western BulldogsAFL1993-20083241040.3247%12.7412.633.26175
AustraliaIR1999-2000300.00
Total1993-20083271040.32

AFL: 10,375th player to appear, 49th most games played, 1,020th most goals kickedWestern Bulldogs: 830th player to appear, 4th most games played, 58th most goals kicked

In a career spanning 16 seasons and 324 games, Scott West was one of the Western Bulldogs' greatest servants. Not blessed with pace, 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. His work-rate and courage were unsurpassed and West was a key factor in the Bulldogs' reaching the finals in 1994-5, 1997-2000 and 2006. West came desperately close to winning football's highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal, on several occasions, finishing runner-up in 2000 and 2006, third in 1998 and fourth in 2004-05.

West won a club-record seven Charlie Sutton Medals as best and fairest for the Dogs, and was named All Australian on five occasions. Ranked by many as one of football's greatest midfielders, if there was one criticism that could be levelled at West, it was his inability to 'break the lines' and his relatively low scoring output (he kicked only 104 goals in his career with six of those coming in just his fourth game). Nevertheless, his hand skills were exquisite and allowed him to extract the ball from the tightest of situations and distribute to players who could indeed break lines and kick goals.

Incredibly durable for the vast part of his career, a chronic knee injury reduced him to just a handful of games in 2008 and ultimately forced his retirement. After hanging up the boots, West served as an assistant coach at Melbourne for several years, although it was clear even then that the Bulldogs remained close to his heart, as he was often 'a face in the outer' at many Bulldogs games during this period. In 2012 he was appointed coach of VFL side Werribee. He took the Tigers to Preliminary Final losses in that season and the next before resigning from the post.

In 2013, West was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in acknowledgement of his on-field achievements. 

Author - Andrew Gigacz


Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.