Tony enjoyed a very successful career in sport at Camberwell Grammar School, being awarded a triple pocket for football, cricket and athletics.
He was recruited directly from the School to the Melbourne Football Club and played a total of 118 AFL games, 75 for Melbourne and 45 for Footscray, now the Western Bulldogs. In 1985 as a recruit, Tony played in the Under 19s as a defender but by 1988 played as a forward. Over the next three seasons, Tony moved between attack and defence, kicking a career high of 22 goals in 1990. He played eight games exclusively as a defender in 1991 before his season ended with shin splints and he was traded to Footscray at the end of that year.
Tony went on to play two seasons for the Western Bulldogs before leaving for America to try his hand at punting. When Tony failed to land a NFL contract, he returned to Australia and played for the West Australian Football League in Perth in 1994, in an attempt to make the inaugural Freemantle squad. Unfortunately, an Achilles injury ended the season for him, though he returned to Victoria to play one last game for the Bulldogs. Major