Anthony John Casserly
24 April 1944
6 March 2018 (aged 73)
East Fremantle (1970)
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Tony Casserly began his senior league football career with East Fremantle where he played a total of 152 league games during the 1960s. Playing as a ruck-rover he was one of Old Easts' best in the 1965 Grand Final defeat of Swan Districts. He also represented Western Australia 10 times. In 1970 he moved to South Australia and joined Central District where he would add another 101 league games plus a couple more state appearances, this time for South Australia, over the course of the next six seasons.
Tough, hard running and abundantly skilled, Casserly took over the captaincy at Centrals from Trevor Stanton in 1971, and the coaching mantle from Dennis Jones a year later. In the latter role he developed a fast, run-on style of play that enabled the Bulldogs to reach the preliminary final in 1972, but thereafter the wheels fell off somewhat, and the side was beset by inconsistency. Nevertheless, Tony Casserly's impact at both Centrals and Old Easts was considerable, and he is remembered with admiration by supporters of both clubs.
Author - John Devaney