Toby McGrath

Toby Jason McGrath (born 11 October 1980) is an Australian rules footballer who played for South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). He was rookie-listed with both the West Coast Eagles and Essendon in the Australian Football League (AFL), but did not play a game for either club.

Toby McGrath
Personal information
Full name Toby Jason McGrath
Date of birth (1980-10-11) 11 October 1980
Place of birth Northam, Western Australia
Original team(s) Kent Districts
Draft No. 12, 2000 Rookie Draft, West Coast
No. 57, 2002 Rookie Draft, Essendon
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Position(s) Midfield, half-back flanker
Club information
Current club South Fremantle
Number 39
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1998–2001; 2004–12 South Fremantle 234 (107)
2000–01 West Coast 0 (0)
2002 Essendon (VFL) 12 (0)
2003 Bendigo Bombers 15 (?)
Total 261 (107+)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2000; 2004–05; 2008–10 WAFL 6 (1)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of Round 22, 2011.
Career highlights

Early career

McGrath was born in Northam, Western Australia. He has three brothers: Bradley, Cory and Ashley McGrath. Cory and Ashley both played in the AFL, for Carlton and the Brisbane Lions respectively. McGrath played junior football in Katanning before being recruited to South Fremantle in the WAFL, where he made his debut in 1994.

AFL career

McGrath had a brief taste of the professional Australian Football League, when he was recruited from South Fremantle to the West Coast Eaglesrookie list. He was delisted after spending a year on their list without playing a game. He was then given another chance by the Essendon Football Club in 2002 & 2003, where he played with his brother Cory, although again did not manage to make his senior debut.

Later WAFL career

He won the South Fremantle Football Club's Best & Fairest Award in 2004 and in 2005 he won both the Sandover, the WAFL’s prestigious best player award and Simpson Medal for the Best player in the Grand Final and was a member of South Fremantle’s premiership winning side. He represented WA on six occasions in 2000, 2004 and 2005, and was captain of the 2008 WA side that defeated Queensland in Townsville, 2009 and 2010.

In 2008 he was appointed captain of South Fremantle and played his 150th game for the Bulldogs while also winning his second Best & Fairest award.[1] In 2009, he played in his fifth WAFL Grand Final[2] and captained South Fremantle to the WAFL premiership, his second after being a member of the 2005 team.[3] He played his 200th game for South Fremantle in the final round of the 2010 season. In 2011 Toby McGrath was named in South Fremantle’s Indigenous Team of The Century and he in 2012 was included in the WAFL’s Best 25 players of the Last 25 Years.[4]

McGrath is employed as a fireman with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia.[5] He has three brothers, Cory and Ashley who have both played in the AFL and Bradley. Marty McGrath and Dion Woods, who played for Richmond and Fremantle respectively, are both cousins.[6]


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