CHRIS SCOTT was recruited from the Eastern Ranges Football Club in the 1993 Draft by the Brisbane Bears ( now the Brisbane Lions), made his debut in 1994 and went on to play 215 Games, kicking 79 Goals until his retirement as a player on the completion of the 2007 Season. There are many of Scott’s career cards available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Scott was an immediate success at Brisbane as evidenced by his winning of the 1994 Norwich Rising Star Award and became one of the most consistent Australian Football Players of his generation. He earnt the reputation as one of the toughest defenders in the AFL, often using his great physical strength to out-position and out-muscle his opponents. Scott endured injury-plagued Seasons in both 1995 and 1997, and the Brisbane Bears/Lions certainly suffered with his absence. He was a skilful ball-handler, very effective hand-baller and an accurate disposer of the ball with either foot.
Chris Scott had the ability to lift the entire team with his regular displays of courage, placing his body on the line at every opportunity and taking strong marks in fiercely contested situations. He won the 1998 Brisbane Lions Best and Fairest Player Award, and continued to play at a high level throughout the Lions successful years, which culminated in his valuable contributions to the winning Premiership Teams of 2001 and 2002. Unfortunately he missed out on being part of the Brisbane Lions 2003 Premiership Team due to injury, and the balance of his playing career was interspersed with a number of longer-term injuries.
The Fremante Dockers Football Club were quick to approach Scott after his retirement as a player, and appointed him as an Assistant to Senior Coach, Mark Harvey in 2008. Chris Scott is credited with playing an important role in the Dockers resurgence over the past 3 Seasons, and this point was not lost on the Geelong Cats Executive, who, on the 18 October 2010, appointed Scott as their New Senior Coach from the 2011 Season.
In an interview on the following day, AFL Legend Leigh Matthews, who had been Chris Scotts Coach, summed up Scott in the following words:- ” He is smart and a thinker, being an ideal mix of savage on-field competitor and being mild-mannered off-field”. “His overcoming of the adversities of injury were a good test of his character”. “His understated confidence, rather than arrogance, makes you enjoy working with him and being around him”. The Geelong Cats were found wanting against Collingwood, in particular, during Season 2010 , and although they have retained a strong nucleus of their Dual Premiership-winning playing group, Chris Scott will face a difficult task in bridging the gap to the Magpies, however, should the Leigh Matthews character analysis have an immediate impact, beware of the Scott-led Cats in Season 2011.
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