Anthony Mellington

Anthony Mellington (born 27 July 1974) is an Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy and North Melbourne in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Anthony Mellington
Personal information
Full name Anthony Mellington
Date of birth (1974-07-27) 27 July 1974
Original team(s) Shepparton
Draft 18th, 1995 Pre-Season Draft
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1995–1996 Fitzroy 24 (24)
1997–1999 North Melbourne 20 (19)
Total 44 (43)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1999.
Sources: AFL Tables,

After being picked up in the 1995 Pre-Season Draft, Mellington made six AFL appearances in his first year at Fitzroy. He was a regular fixture up forward for Fitzroy in 1996, their last season in the AFL. His best performance came in round eight when he kicked six goals in a win over Fremantle.[1] Despite finishing the season with a modest 22 goals (and 26 behinds), it wasn't bettered by any other teammates, giving Mellington the honour of winning Fitzroy's final leading goal-kicker award in the AFL.[1][2]

In search of a new club for the 1997 AFL season, reigning premiers North Melbourne selected him in the Pre-season Draft. He had 16 disposals and five goals against Richmond in just his second game for North Melbourne, and he backed up with three and four goal hauls in the following two rounds.[1] By the time finals arrived he had lost his place in the side and appeared just six more times for the club, five in 1998 and the other in their premiership winning 1999 season.[1]

Mellington was then delisted and returned to his original team, Shepparton. He had a prolific year as a forward for Shepparton in 2000, with 119 goals in the home and away season, to finish top on the Goulburn Valley Football League's goal-kicking lists. After leaving Shepparton he spent some time at Montmorency in the Diamond Valley Football League. He then played for Murray Football League club Tocumwal and helped them win the 2009 premiership.[3] The following year he joined Heathcote and was a member of their 2010 premiership side, playing as a defender.[4]

In current days Anthony is married to Karen and is a proud father of Sienna, 13 and Jack, 11. He is the assistant coach of the Shepparton Bears Football Netball Club and helped them get to a premiership in 2018. He loves following and supporting his children in their heavily sporty lives including both netball and of course football.


  1. AFL Tables: Anthony Mellington
  2. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  3. Bendigo Advertiser,"Saints' joy as HDFL premiers sign former AFL player", 4 March 2010
  4. Bendigo Advertiser,"Saints reign supreme in Heathcote District Football League grand final clash with Lockington-Bamawm", 5 September 2010
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