Tony Antrobus
Personal information
Full name Anthony Antrobus
Nickname(s) The Angry Ant / The Ant
Date of birth (1962-04-08) 8 April 1962 (age 60)
Place of birth Adelaide, South Australia
Original team(s) North Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft No. 20, 1982 interstate draft
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1981–86, 1992 North Adelaide (SANFL) 96 (174)
1987–90 Essendon (VFL/AFL) 22 (26)
1991 St Kilda (AFL) 06 0(5)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1991.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Anthony "Ant" Antrobus (born 8 April 1962) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the North Adelaide Roosters in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and had stints with Essendon and St Kilda in the Victorian Football League (VFL). He was commonly referred to by his nickname of "The Ant". Although only weighing 72 kg and being 174 cm tall, Antrobus was a very aggressive player who never took a backward step. Tony Antrobus was the winner of the 1983 Magarey Medal while playing for North Adelaide.


As a forward with considerable speed and goal sense, Antrobus first played for North Adelaide in 1981 and in each of the three games of his debut season was judged to be best afield in the Magarey Medal voting. He won the award in 1983, becoming the tenth North Adelaide player to achieve the most sought after individual award in the SANFL. The talent scouts from Victoria persisted in pursuing one of the most sought after players in the SANFL. He eventually was lured to the VFL in 1987 to join Essendon but niggling injuries kept his appearances limited, playing 22 games over four seasons. St Kilda picked him up in 1991 but the following year he decided to return to his home state for one last season with the Roosters.

Antrobus was named in the forward pocket in the official North Adelaide 'Team of the Century'.

On 24 October 2000, Antrobus was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for being a "recipient of the highest individual honour in South Australian Football".[1]


  1. ^ "Tony Antrobus". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 3 January 2012.