Kan­gas send off Scott as a win­ner

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - JASON PHELAN

BRAD Scott wouldn’t say it pub­licly but the emo­tional tur­moil of his awk­ward farewell to North Mel­bourne was clear to see as he hugged teary-eyed play­ers in the wake of their stun­ning AFL win over the Western Bull­dogs.

In an at-times sur­real Satur­day af­ter­noon at Mar­vel Sta­dium, Scott’s men ral­lied from 32 points down to score a stun­ning 18.7 (115) to 13.12 (90) win in his 211th and fi­nal game in charge.

The vic­tory im­proved the Roos’ record to 3-7 for the sea­son, and Scott’s tally to 106 wins and 105 losses over his 10 sea­sons in charge.

Scott stead­fastly re­fused to con­firm his de­par­ture from the club un­til he had spo­ken with all of his play­ers, some of whom were on VFL duty that night, pre­fer­ring to of­fi­cially bring the cur­tain down on his time at Ar­den Street at a press con­fer­ence to­day.

But his true farewell hap­pened in the af­ter­math of the fi­nal siren against the Bull­dogs.

Scott was adamant he didn’t want to make the oc­ca­sion about him, but he did al­low him­self one in­dul­gence, em­brac­ing ev­ery one of his play­ers and wav­ing to the North cheer squad as he left the play­ing arena as their coach one last time.

“The play­ers were very emo­tional at times,” Scott said.

“They were emo­tional dur­ing the breaks, but I thought my job to­day was to keep them fo­cused on the task at hand, con­test to con­test, and they were just su­per to­day in all as­pects.

“It was just more look­ing at them (af­ter the game).

“I’ve coached Ben Cun­ning­ton from the day he walked into the foot­ball club, Jamie Macmil­lan the same.

“The older play­ers like Rob­bie Tarrant, Scott Thompson, Jack Ziebell ... we’ve been to­gether this en­tire time, so they were emo­tional which tends to set off a bit of a chain re­ac­tion.

“I pride my­self on keep­ing it to­gether and I think largely we did.”

Scott said he was dis­ap­pointed his plan to mu­tu­ally part ways with the club had be­come pub­lic as the spec­u­la­tion about his fu­ture gained mo­men­tum late on Fri­day. BULL­DOGS KAN­GA­ROOS

Pic­ture: GETTY

De­part­ing coach Brad Scott and his sons join the team cir­cle for the fi­nal time af­ter the Kan­ga­roos stunned the Western Bull­dogs 18.7 (115) to 13.12 (90) at Mar­vel Sta­dium yesterday

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