Career: 1964 - 1967, 1972 - 1976
Senior Games: 114
Senior Captain: 1972-74
Senior Premiership: 1966, 1967
League Best & Fairest: Nepean League 1970 and 1971
Team of the Century
Having left Chelsea to test himself at a higher level, Tony Wearne returned to the club as Captain/Coach in 1972. He had become an established on-baller for Oakleigh in the VFA prior to embarking on a three year coaching stint at Bonbeach.
With two Nepean League Best and Fairest awards to his credit, he was high on Chelsea’s list of wants and, once appointed, was able to maintain the club’s high standards of performance over three seasons, before ongoing knee problems eventually ended his playing days.
‘Weasel’ showed himself to be a totally committed player who demanded more of himself and his failing body than could ever be expected.
His relentless high expectations of himself set a fine example for others to follow.