At Carlton : 1978 - 1981
Reserve Games : 39
Reserve Goals : 4
Guernsey No. 44 (1979 - 1981) and 52 (1978)
Height : 188 cm (6 ft. 2 in.)
Weight : 81.5 kg (12 stone, 12 lbs.)
DOB : 19 April, 1960.
David Whillas joined Carlton’s Under 19 squad from West Brunswick in 1978, after playing his junior football with the Paramount Football Club in Fawkner. He experienced immediate success with the Blues, winning consecutive Under 19 Premierships in 1978 and ’79.
Over the next two seasons the solid redhead played consistently in defence for Carlton Reserves without earning promotion to the seniors, so at the end of the 1982 season, he followed the path of many before him and requested a clearance to neighbouring VFA club Brunswick. Whillas was starved of senior opportunities due to the huge depth of quality Blues defenders, he had ability but it wasn't enough for him to get a game ahead of the likes of Doull, Hunter, Southby, Perovic, Austin, Harmes, Klomp, McConville etc.
‘Whillo’ became a reliable and effective centre half-back for the Wicks, leading their defence when Brunswick defeated Oakleigh in the 1985 2nd Division Grand Final. Another ex-Blue (and ex-Bomber) in Tony West also represented the Association Magpies that day.
In 1989, Whillas crossed to Williamstown, and added another Grand Final appearance to his record when the Seagulls went down by 20 points to Coburg.
Football folklore has it that at around 1981, Whillas played a role in getting 1987 Premiership player Paul Meldrum to Princes Park, by urging ‘Molly’ to keep pressing the Blues for an the opportunity to showcase his ability in a practice game – a ploy that was ultimately successful.
Career Highlights :1978 Under 19 Premiership
1979 Under 19 Premiership
1979 Under 19 Best in Finals
1980 Under 19 Best and Fairest - 5th place