Scott Cummings

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Scott Cummings
Personal information
Date of birth (1974-01-18) 18 January 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Western Australia
Original team Swan Districts (WAFL)
Debut Round 14, 26 June 1994, Essendon
v. Sydney, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
Height/Weight 194 cm / 115 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1994–1996
1997–1998
1999–2001
2002
Total -
Essendon
Port Adelaide
West Coast Eagles
Collingwood
040 0(83)
037 (102)
046 (158)
005 00(6)
128 (349)[1]
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2002 season.
Career highlights

Scott Cummings (born 18 January. 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Essendon, Port Adelaide, the West Coast Eagles and Collingwood in the Australian Football League.[1]

Cummings played primarily as a full forward and won the Coleman Medal in 1999 for being the leading goalscorer for the season.[1] Although he was well renowned for his goal kicking abilities, Cummings occasionally played centre half back while playing in the reserve team at Essendon.[2]

AFL career[edit]

Cummings was selected at pick #20 in the 1992 AFL Draft from Swan Districts in the West Australian Football League as a strong full forward.[1] Essendon originally received this pick after trading Richard Ambrose, Ed Considine and Michael Werner for it.

Essendon career (1994–1996)[edit]

Cummings made his AFL debut in 1994 against Sydney, kicking eight goals[1] and earning himself an AFL Rising Star nomination. Cummings went on to kick 32 goals in his 10 matches for the year and was the leading goalkicker for Essendon. Despite a strong start to his career, Cummings' performance throughout 1995 and 1996 was inconsistent, in part as a result of being played out of position.[1] As a full-forward, he was still capable of strong performances, such as his game against Footscray in Round 8, 1996 where he kicked eight goals. Cummings final game for Essendon was the 1996 Preliminary Final loss to Sydney.

At the end of the 1996 season, Essendon traded Cummings to the newly formed Port Adelaide in return for their #2 (Chris Heffernan) and #28 (Jason Johnson) draft selections. In all, Cummings played 40 games for Essendon, kicking 83 goals.[1]

Port Adelaide career (1997–1998)[edit]

Cummings kicked 70 goals in his first season for Port Adelaide[1] and finished third in the Coleman Medal behind Tony Modra (84) and Saverio Rocca (76). His season included three games in which he kicked five goals. In Round 17 against Essendon he kicked seven goals. Poor form and suspension saw him play only 16 games in 1998 for a return of 32 goals. At the end of the year, he was traded to West Coast in return for Jarrad Schofield.[1]

West Coast Eagles career (1999–2001)[edit]

Working on his strength and fitness, Cummings' first season for West Coast proved to be his career best. He kicked 95 goals for the 1999 season and won the Coleman Medal for leading goalkicker.[1] This included four hauls of seven goals. In 2000, Cummings started where he left off, kicking five goals in Round 1 before kicking 14 goals against Adelaide in Round 5. A fortnight later, Cummings kicked 10 goals in the 'Western Derby' against Fremantle and by Round 8, he was on top of the goalkickers list with 39 goals. However, quadriceps and groin injuries curtailed his season and he played only a single game in the second half of the season. His form tapered dramatically in 2001, kicking only 16 goals from nine games. At the end of the season Cummings was delisted by West Coast.[1]

Collingwood career (2002)[edit]

Late in 2001 Cummings' former coach Mick Malthouse, who had since moved to Collingwood, selected him in the 2002 Pre-Season draft. Despite a promising start to the 2002 season, kicking 5 goals in Round 1, Cummings again struggled with injuries. He played only five games for Collingwood, before retiring at the age of 28.[1]

Statistics[edit]

[3]

Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
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 Essendon 36 10 32 17 60 12 72 37 7 3.2 1.7 6.0 1.2 7.2 3.7 0.7
1995 Essendon 36 15 13 7 111 41 152 51 12 0.9 0.5 7.4 2.7 10.1 3.4 0.8
1996 Essendon 36 15 38 23 96 28 124 55 11 2.5 1.5 6.4 1.9 8.3 3.7 0.7
1997 Port Adelaide 6 21 70 50 153 23 176 89 12 3.3 2.4 7.3 1.1 8.4 4.2 0.6
1998 Port Adelaide 6 16 32 18 70 24 94 43 9 2.0 1.1 4.4 1.5 5.9 2.7 0.6
1999 West Coast 14 24 95 42 173 37 210 123 20 4.0 1.8 7.2 1.5 8.8 5.1 0.8
2000 West Coast 14 13 47 17 75 17 92 53 9 3.6 1.3 5.8 1.3 7.1 4.1 0.7
2001 West Coast 14 9 16 4 26 9 35 16 10 1.8 0.4 2.9 1.0 3.9 1.8 1.1
2002 Collingwood 32 5 6 3 10 3 13 6 0 1.2 0.6 2.0 0.6 2.6 1.2 0.0
Career 128 349 181 774 194 968 473 90 2.7 1.4 6.0 1.5 7.6 3.7 0.7

After retirement[edit]

Since retiring, Cummings has played football in many EJ Whitten Legends Matches since 2003. Cummings has developed a career in the media, presenting on SEN 1116's Ralphy, Serge and the Big Man in 2004 and 2005. In 2006 Cummings worked as a boundary rider for Fox Footy Channel. Cummings continues to be involved with the Collingwood Football Club, occasionally working as a master of ceremonies for club events. He has also worked with 3AW. In 2008 he commenced as business development manager for engineering firm Robert Bird Group, in the Melbourne office.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2003). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (5th ed.). North Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. pp. 158–159. ISBN 1-74095-032-1. 
  2. ^ Scott Cummings profile at VicNet
  3. ^ http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/S/Scott_Cummings.html

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Derek Kickett
Graham Moss Medal winner
1999
Succeeded by
Peter Bell