Scott Thompson (footballer born 1983)
|Full name||Scott Thompson|
|Date of birth||14 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Original team||North Haven (SAAFL)
Port Adelaide (SANFL)
|Draft||#16, 2000 National Draft, Melbourne|
|Debut||Round 10, 2001, Melbourne
v. St Kilda, at Colonial Stadium
|Height/Weight||184 cm (6 ft 0 in) / 86 kg (13 st 8 lb)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 3, 2015 season.
Scott Thompson (born 14 March 1983) is a professional Australian rules football player who plays for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted by Melbourne with pick #16 in the 2000 National Draft from Port Adelaide in the SANFL, and was traded to Adelaide after the 2004 season.
Thompson debuted with Melbourne in round 10, 2001 as a 19-year-old. Early in his career he struggled to break through into the side, playing only 27 games in his first three seasons. In 2004 he played every game bar one in the first half of the season before breaking his foot in round 13 and missing the remainder of the year. At the end of the 2004 season, Thompson asked to return to South Australia and Adelaide was able to complete a trade, exchanging their first round draft selection, number 13 overall.
Thompson missed the first game of the 2005 season but played every game from then on for Adelaide, kicking 27 goals for the year. Thompson continued to improve and by 2007 was arguably one of the elite players in the AFL, averaging almost 25 disposals and 6 marks per game and polling 18 votes in the 2007 Brownlow Medal to finish equal 7th.
Thompson played every game in 2008 and really stepped up to becoming an elite midfielder, finishing third in the Malcolm Blight Medal (Adelaide best and fairest) and for the second year in a row polling the most votes for his club in the Brownlow Medal. Thompson was chosen to play for Australia in the 2008 International Rules Series against Ireland in October 2008 along with teammate Nathan Bock, but was only able to play in the first match due to a leg injury.
Thompson took his game to another level in 2011, having the second most disposals in the competition and winning the Malcolm Blight Medal for Adelaide's best and fairest player. His season included a 51 disposal game in round 22 against Gold Coast: the second highest amount of disposals in a match by an VFL/AFL player since the recording of statistics, falling two short of Greg Williams' 53 disposals in 1989 against St Kilda. Thompson continued to dominate the following season; in addition to winning the Malcolm Blight Medal again in 2012, he was named ruck-rover in the All-Australian team and finished equal fourth in the Brownlow Medal.
Thompson continued to be an integral part of the Crows' midfield in 2013 and 2014, ranking near the top at the club for disposals (1st and 3rd), clearances (1st and 2nd) and tackles (1st and 3rd). He played his 250th AFL match against Greater Western Sydney in round 5, 2014. In round 20 he was forced out of the side due to injury after having played 99 consecutive games for the club.
- Statistics are correct to end of Round 3, 2015 season.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- AFANA Footy News
- Lovett, Michael, ed. (2005). AFL Record Guide to Season 2005. AFL Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 0-9580300-6-5.
- Connolly, Rohan (14 June 2008). "Scott the goods". Realfooty.com.au. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
- Rucci, Michaelangelo; Nathan Bock takes Blight honour; Adelaide Now; 4 October 2008
- Adelaide Crows' Scott Thompson out of Test;Adelaide Now; 30 October 2008
- "Scott Thompson - AFC.com.au".
- Whiting, Michael (20 August 2011). "Great Scott spurs Crows". Australian Football League. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
- "Scott Thompson statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
- Scott Thompson's profile on the official website of the Adelaide Football Club
- Scott Thompson's statistics from AFL Tables
- Demon Wiki profile