Chris Scott (Australian footballer)

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Chris Scott
Chris Scott 2011 Premiership Parade 1.JPG
Chris Scott in 2011
Personal information
Full name Christopher Michael Scott
Date of birth (1976-05-03) 3 May 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria
Original team Eastern Ranges
Draft 12th overall, 1993
Brisbane Bears
Height/Weight 182 cm / 90 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994–1996
1997–2007
Total
Brisbane Bears
Brisbane Lions
055 (23)
160 (56)
215 (79)
Coaching career3
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2011– Geelong 97 (73–24–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2007 season.
3 Coaching statistics correct as of 2014.
Career highlights

Christopher Michael "Chris" Scott (born 3 May 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League best known as being a dual premiership player with the Brisbane Lions and is a current premiership AFL coach of the Geelong Football Club.

AFL career[edit]

Scott was picked by the Brisbane Bears in the 1993 AFL Draft with the 12th draft pick and moved to Queensland whilst still studying at St Kevin's College. He studied at Brisbane Boys' College during his first years as an AFL player.

Scott made his AFL debut in 1994 with the Brisbane Bears, taking out the Norwich Rising Star award.

Scott became one of the AFL's toughest defensive players, using his strength to outmuscle opposing forwards. Along with his brother Brad, they were nicknamed the Kray brothers by some fans for their forceful and ruthless styles of play.

During Brisbane's three-peat era Scott was part of a powerful backline also containing Mal Michael, Chris Johnson and Justin Leppitsch. He caused controversy in round 1 of 2005, when along with Mal Michael he crashed into St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt after Riewoldt chose to stay on the ground with a broken collarbone. In the same game Scott also had several teeth knocked out after receiving a back-handed fist from opponent Aaron Hamill.[1]

After participating in 2 premiership sides, Scott's later career was plagued with injuries, but his occasional appearances showed his experience and skill. Brisbane's round 22 match against the Geelong Football Club on 1 September 2007 was his last after announcing his retirement. In 2008, Scott joined Fremantle as an assistant coach.[2]

In 2010, Scott was a frontrunner for the Port Adelaide Football Club senior coaching position to replace the sacked Mark Williams but ultimately fell short and caretaker coach and former Port captain, Matthew Primus, was chosen by the selection committee to be the club's senior coach. The media speculated that Scott was considered the second best applicant by the selection committee. On 18 October 2010, it was officially announced by the Geelong Football Club that Scott would be their new coach, following Mark Thompson's resignation at the end of the 2010 season.[3]

Scott had a brilliant start to his AFL coaching career, with Geelong winning its first thirteen matches of the 2011 season. His thirteen wins in succession was the best start to a coaching career in almost 80 years. But this streak was broken in Round 15, when the Cats went down to Essendon by four points.

Scott coached Geelong to its third Grand Final in five years, and became the first coach since Malcolm Blight in 1997 to win a premiership as a first-year club coach, when Geelong defeated Collingwood in the 2011 AFL Grand Final by 38 points. He is also the youngest premiership coach since Alex Jesaulenko in 1979 to win a Grand Final.

Statistics[edit]

Playing statistics[edit]

[4]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Denotes seasons in which Scott won an AFL Premiership
Led the league for the Season only*
Led the league after finals only*
Led the league after Season and Finals*

*10 games required to be eligible.

Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1994 Brisbane Bears 22 19 9 6 193 88 281 66 27 0.5 0.3 10.2 4.6 14.8 3.5 1.4
1995 Brisbane Bears 22 14 8 12 118 65 183 57 10 0.6 0.9 8.4 4.6 13.1 4.1 0.7
1996 Brisbane Bears 22 22 6 8 199 110 309 62 33 0.3 0.4 9.0 5.0 14.0 2.8 1.5
1997 Brisbane Lions 22 5 3 1 26 19 45 15 2 0.6 0.2 5.2 3.8 9.0 3.0 0.4
1998 Brisbane Lions 22 21 14 8 296 156 452 100 45 0.7 0.4 14.1 7.4 21.5 4.8 2.1
1999 Brisbane Lions 22 24 4 4 363 150 513 150 34 0.2 0.2 15.1 6.3 21.4 6.3 1.4
2000 Brisbane Lions 22 21 7 5 274 135 409 137 48 0.3 0.2 13.0 6.4 19.5 6.5 2.3
2001 Brisbane Lions 22 20 8 7 275 121 396 142 31 0.4 0.4 13.8 6.1 19.8 7.1 1.6
2002 Brisbane Lions 22 22 5 3 260 130 390 134 30 0.2 0.1 11.8 5.9 17.7 6.1 1.4
2003 Brisbane Lions 22 19 2 2 179 88 267 108 38 0.1 0.1 9.4 4.6 14.1 5.7 2.0
2004 Brisbane Lions 22 13 3 1 106 52 158 49 25 0.2 0.1 8.2 4.0 12.2 3.8 1.9
2005 Brisbane Lions 22 13 10 8 110 34 144 68 23 0.8 0.6 8.5 2.6 11.1 5.2 1.8
2006 Brisbane Lions 22 0
2007 Brisbane Lions 22 2 0 0 8 8 16 6 5 0.0 0.0 4.0 4.0 8.0 3.0 2.5
Career 215 79 65 2407 1156 3563 1094 351 0.4 0.3 11.2 5.4 16.6 5.1 1.6

Coaching statistics[edit]

[5]
Denotes seasons in which Scott won an AFL Premiership
Season Team Games Coached Wins Losses Draws Points % Ladder Position League Teams
2011 Geelong 25 22 3 0 88.0% 2 17
2012 Geelong 23 15 8 0 65.2% 6 18
2013 Geelong 25 19 6 0 76.0% 2 18
2014 Geelong 24 17 7 0 70.8% 3 18
Career totals 97 73 24 0 75.26% 3.25 17.75

* = Unfinished season

Honours and achievements[edit]

Brownlow Medal votes
Season Votes
1994 1
1995
1996
1997
1998 1
1999 7
2000
2001 2
2002 3
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
Total 14
Key:
Green / Bold = Won
* = joint winner
Red / Italics = Ineligible

Playing Honours[edit]

Team

Individual

Coaching Honours[edit]

Team

Individual

Personal life[edit]

Chris Scott (left) being interviewed by former Geelong premiership captain Cameron Ling (right) during a match in 2014.

Scott's identical twin brother Brad Scott played alongside him at the Brisbane Lions and is now the coach of North Melbourne. He is three minutes older than Brad.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Horror night for Saints". Melbourne: The Age. 2005-03-25. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  2. ^ AAP; Harvey promises cruel summer; The Age; 2007-10-29; Retrieved on 2008-02-19
  3. ^ Gullan, Scott (17 October 2010). "Chris Scott earns Cats gig". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Chris Scott's player profile at AFL Tables
  5. ^ Chris Scott's coaching profile at AFL Tables

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mark Thompson
Geelong Football Club coach
2011–present
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Nathan Buckley
AFL Rising Star
1994
Succeeded by
Nick Holland
Preceded by
Matthew Clarke
Merrett-Murray Medal
1998
Succeeded by
Jason Akermanis, Justin Leppitsch