Scott West – Former Australian Rules Football Player
Scott West, born on 14 November 1974 is a former Australian Rules Footballer. He played for the Western Bulldogs in the AFL.
With a height of 178 cm and weight of 80 kg, he was considered to be a tough mid-fielder. He was very hard at the ball, especially at stoppages and was one of the best possession accumulators. Scott West Most Courageous award was announced as a tribute to his courage and hardness in the field.
He played 324 games in 16 seasons and has a very strong relationship with the senior players. He was a mad Essendon fan who grew up in Keilor. It was when West’s older brother Troy, who was training with Essendon told that he lived in Footscray’s zone, which set his goal to become a true son of West.
During the initial days of his career, West was recruited by the Footscray Football Club (which now changed to Western Bulldogs). He made his debut in 1993 and won the AFL rising star nomination that season. He wore jersey number in 1993 and 1994 season and later changed to number 7 in 1995 after the departure to Fitzroy.
Scott West was considered as one of the most consistent players in the AFL who played for a long period of time. He regularly made disposals in the AFL throughout his career. He won the club’s best and fairest player award for 7 times and made All-Australian AFL selection on 5 occasions. To recognize his contribution as 7 times, best and fairest player winner, Scott West Courageous award was introduced.
The year 2006 was a great year for West, where he completed his 300th game at the age of 36. He has a record of 46 disposals in a match against Adelaide Crows. He became the first player to collect more than 400 hand passes in the season and finished with 423. West came to grand final appearance in 1997, when the Bulldogs surrendered a 5 goal lead against eventual premier Adelaide in the final. West was 22 that time, and was the best player of bulldogs.
Scott West was considered amongst the best players who have not won the Brownlow medal. The year 2000 was a very unlucky year for him, as he was level with Shane from Melbourne with 22 votes and lost the medal. The Brownlow medal record of West ended up in third position in 1999, second position in 2000 and fourth position in 2004 and 2005. He won the Sunday Footy Show’s award for the best player in 2006. He won the crowd favourite Brown Medal in 2006 as he was one of the Victoria players with a great chance of winning the award. It was the period when non-Victorians were dominating the league.
Post Football Career
Scott West announced his retirement from the AFL in September 2008. When he retired, he was 33 years old and many people considered to be an early end to his career. He was still contributing as a key mid-fielder to the Western Bulldogs until an injury. He struggled to recover from the injury which limited him to 4 games in the 2008 season.
After retirement from AFL, West was named in the Western Bulldogs team along with Footscray Ted Whitten. The club announced an award in his name, the Scott West Award in his honour. In 2009, he took up the position of Assistant Coach at Melbourne Football Club. Later in 2012, Scott West became coach of the Werribee Football Club and quit after 2013. He was even inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame. Several expert players of AFL praised West’s teaching ability as mid-fielder coach.
Awards And Achievements
- West Bulldogs best and Fairest Player winner 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2005
- All-Australian 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006
- Brownlow medal: 2nd in 2000, 2006; 3rd in 1998; 4th in 2004, 2005
- Lou Richards Medal (media award) 2006
- AFL Rising Star Nominee 1993
- International Rules Series representative 1999, 2000