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Scott West (born 14 November 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer who represented the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League (AFL). Having won a club-record seven Charlie Sutton Medals, West is recognised as one of the Bulldogs' greatest-ever players. A tough "in-and-under" midfielder who was hard at the ball, especially around the stoppages, West was regularly among the league's most prolific ballwinners during his playing career.
|Date of birth||14 November 1974|
|Place of birth||Swan Reach, South Australia|
Round 1, 1993, Footscray|
vs. Collingwood, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|1993–2008||Western Bulldogs||324 (104)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
One of three brothers, West grew up in the northwestern Melbourne suburb of Keilor a keen Essendon supporter. Ironically, his childhood neighbour and future Essendon footballer Rick Olarenshaw was a Footscray supporter. His older brother Troy initially trained at Essendon until told the West family residence actually belonged to Footscray's recruiting zone. Troy would go on to have a fine career with Williamstown Football Club. The third brother, Brent, is Scott's twin.
West was educated at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS), whom he represented in football with the Associated Grammar Schools of Victoria (AGSV) First XVIII in 1991 and 1992 along with Shane Crawford and future teammate Paul Dimattina. He also played for Strathmore and was subsequently recruited by Footscray (now Western Bulldogs), making his senior 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.
After Footscray rebranded itself the Western Bulldogs during the tumultuous 1996 season, the Bulldogs rebounded dramatically in 1997, falling agonizingly short of their first Grand Final appearance since 1961 when the eventual premiers Adelaide came from behind to win the Preliminary Final by two points. West's contribution in the club's amazing turnaround was recognized when he won the second of what would be seven Charlie Sutton Medals. He made All-Australian selection on five occasions - in 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2006. West's best and fairest victory in 2005 saw him overtake 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.
West finished runner-up in the Brownlow Medal count twice: in 2000 and in 2006. He also finished third in the 1999 count, making him one of the best footballers never to have won the AFL's most prestigious individual honour. 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, Woewodin wasn't considered a chance to poll against West Coast, 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 23 September 2008, his career came to an end after the Bulldogs said he was no longer required at the club.
West is a qualified landscape gardener and has run a landscaping business since 1997.
In 2012 he became the coach of the Werribee Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). His stint was short but reasonably successful, leading Werribee to consecutive Preliminary Finals before quitting after the 2013 season in the hope of landing a coaching role in the AFL.
In early 2002, West was named in the Western Bulldogs Team of the Century.
The Scott West Award, awarded to the Western Bulldogs' most courageous player during a season, was named in his honour.
In March 2017, West was chosen as one of the club icons to unfurl the Bulldogs' premiership flag.
|Led the league after finals only|
|Led the league after season and finals|
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Green, Warwick (5 June 2013). "Scott West crowned an AFL Hall of Fame member". Herald Sun.
- "Football 1981-" (PDF). AGSV Sport. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
- "Bulldogs axe West". AFL.com.au. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2008.
- Landsberger, Sam (10 October 2014). "Scott West signals intent to pursue Western Bulldogs coaching job after Brendan McCartney resigns". Herald Sun.
- Collins, Ben (8 October 2013). "Scott West quits Werribee in hope of AFL gig". AFL.com.au.
- "Bulldogs Icons - Scott West". westernbulldogs.com.au. 30 March 2017.
- Stevens, Mark (14 August 2008). "Scott West welcomes fourth son into the world". Herald Sun.
- "AFL Draft Pick 26: Rhylee West". westernbulldogs.com.au. 23 November 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Scott West.|
- Scott West's profile on the official website of the Western Bulldogs
- Scott West's playing statistics from AFL Tables
- Scott West on LinkedIn