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Scott Thompson – North Melbourne #16

Scott backed up his excellent 2013 season with another very good year with North Melbourne in 2014. He averaged 16.5 possessions and 6 marks and was the sides best defender and had another top 10 finish in the best and fairest.

Scott had a career best year in 2013. He averaged 20 disposals and 7 marks earning him a spot at Full Back of the All Australian team and also his first Best and Fairest award with North Melbourne.

After playing a key role in the 2007 Geelong VFL premiership side North Melbourne selected Scott with the 37th pick in the 2007 National Draft.

Scott made his debut for North Melbourne in round 1 of the 2008 season and went on to play 6 games for the year. In 2009 Scott played all 22 games for North Melbourne and became a key member of the sides defence. His excellent year was rewarded with a second place finish in the club’s Best and Fairest.

Scott continued to be a vital part of the North Melbourne side in 2010 and 2011 playing every game in both years and finishing top 10 in the Best and Fairest in 2011. In 2012 he played 21 games and averaged 18 disposals and 6 marks. He was second in the competition for marks off opposition kicks and was rarely beaten in a one on one contest.

With the ability to play on both taller and smaller opponents, Scott is an integral part of the North Melbourne side as they look to push for a premiership in 2015.

Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?

A: I played junior football with South Barwon Football Club. I didn’t play any TAC Cup football. I tried out for Geelong Falcons a few times and missed out which was a bit disappointing.
The highlight would have to have been winning the Under 13’s league best and fairest. I also played a full year in the seniors as an 18 year old which was a great experience.

Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?

A: I followed Geelong and I used to like the way Matthew Scarlett went about his game. As a defender he was someone who I always wanted to model my game on.

Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?

A: I got picked in the draft and then half an hour later I was playing cricket for Highton Cricket Club. We were fielding and when I got off the field I had about 10 missed calls from my new coach Dean Laidley.

Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?

A: Winning the Jason McCartney Jumper Award for North Melbourne in 2009. It’s an award the players vote on that represents who the players thought was their most courageous team mate.

Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?

A: I enjoy playing golf. I also have a degree in finance so I enjoy reading things like the Financial Review.

Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?

A: Working at a bank I think. Most likely in the Financial Management area.