Former Old Haileybury star Tony Brown joined the Club in 2008 playing 49 games and kicking 88 goals across his 3 year career. In his time, Browny was Old Haileybury’s 2008 Best and Fairest winner as well as the GT Moore Medallist for B-Grade Best and Fairest in the same year. Furthermore, Tony represented the Big V Twice, however, he unfortunately played very few minutes due to injury (something that he is reminded of frequently by his colleague at the St Kilda Football Club, Dean Anderson). Browny’s individual accolades during his time at Old Haileybury are second to none and played during a successful time in the clubs rich history. During his time, Browny played finals twice, sadly losing to Old Carey in a B-Grade Grand Final.
Tony’s cousin Daniel played in the 2006 A Grade Premiership and was a significant reason for getting Browny down to the club. Browny reflects admiringly on his time playing alongside Daniel and lists these moments as his most memorable. In addition to this, Old Haileybury’s long-standing and strong relationship with the St Kilda Football Club played a role in attracting Tony to the club, the opportunity to play with former teammates Stewart Loewe, Brett Voss, Jamie Shanahan and Robert Harvey was an exciting prospect. As well as playing with former teammates from St Kilda, Browny also reminisced about the time he spent playing alongside good mate David Mason, a 2006 Premiership Backman, whom he still remains in regular contact with listing him as his best team man.
Browny came down to Old Haileybury having never seen a game of amateur football previously and was pleasantly surprised with how the club operated. Tony commended the club for it’s “behind the scenes” organisation as well as the strength in numbers at midweek training as well as on Saturdays; despite no-one getting paid. Through the extensive Old Haileybury network Tony has been able to make lifelong friends and connections. Since his playing days have passed him Browny has taught at Haileybury College for a few years at the Castlefield Campus. However, he has since left the classroom and re-joined the St Kilda Football Club as a Player Development and Welfare Manager where he looks after 45 AFL players and ensures they are as successful off the field as they are on.
It was great to reconnect with one of Old Haileybury’s great players. If you have anyone who has a story our club deserves to hear, get into contact with me and help our former players stay involved.