Rookie prize for ded­i­ca­tion

Geraldton Guardian - - Football Awards - Justin Fris

There are few youth foot­ballers across WA who could match the hours of travel and ded­i­ca­tion Chris Scott puts in each week.

A prod­uct of the Rovers Foot­ball Club, Scott rose to great heights in 2017, rep­re­sent­ing WA at the NAB un­der-18 AFL cham­pi­onships.

On any given Fri­day af­ter­noon dur­ing the foot­ball sea­son, Scott will head by bus or car from Ger­ald­ton to Perth — of­ten ar­riv­ing at 10pm — or in some cases, leav­ing at 3am on the day of the game.

He then will get up the next day and rep­re­sent East Fre­man­tle Colts at WAFL level, of­ten head­ing back to Ger­ald­ton af­ter the game.

His at­ti­tude and ded­i­ca­tion have not gone un­no­ticed by the Sharks, with foot­ball man­ager Dar­ren Fry and the Sharks coach­ing hi­er­ar­chy de­lighted with his pro­gres­sion.

“His com­mit­ment to his lo­cal footy club here is cer­tainly ac­knowl­edged,” Fry said.

“But his com­mit­ment to East Fre­man­tle in 2017 has been quite amaz­ing to be hon­est.” Scott was for­mally recognised for his ef­forts this sea­son by the Sharks on Tues­day night at the JJ Clune Medal pre­sen­ta­tion, as he took the 2017 GNFL rookie of the year award.

“That’s prob­a­bly my new club now (East Fre­man­tle),” he said.

“I play there more now than I do up here.

“The boys down there are great and I get along with all of them.

“And to be the grand fi­nal first year play­ing and pos­si­bly win it, (there’s) no bet­ter feel­ing.”

Chris Scott with East Fre­man­tle Foot­ball Club foot­ball man­ager Dar­ren Fry.

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