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2014 Review: Scott Thompson

North’s most reliable key defender started in excellent form.

12:30pm  Oct 22, 2014

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Scott
Thompson

Height
193 cm
DOB
09-05-1986
Weight
93 kg
Debut
2008
Games
2014
24
Career
136
Goals
2014
1
Career
6
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1589
Avg
66
ScottThompson

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: South Barwon
Recruited from: Geelong VFL
Draft: #37, 2007 National
Debut: Round 1, 2008 v Essendon

2014 Player Sponsors

- Megan & Wayne Goldspink
- Shirley & John McCuspie
- AlexKarBon Real Estate
- Alliance Advisors

Background

Recruited from Geelong's VFL side in the 2007 National Draft, Scott Thompson is an integral part of North's key defensive setup.

With the ability to play on both tall and small forwards, Thompson was named to North's leadership group in 2013.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Backing up from his 2013 All-Australian selection, North Melbourne’s most reliable key defender started the season in excellent form.

Thompson’s high point was holding Franklin goalless when the Kangaroos travelled to the SCG in Round 4. It was the second time the defender had managed it in his career, and it played a large part in his side returning home with the four points.

With a unit around him that was constantly changing due to injury, Thompson was the one constant to hold the fort. As 2014 rolled on, the number 16 began to operate more as an interceptor and rebounder, providing another outlet from the defensive 50.

Playing under duress for a period of time with a rib injury, Thompson demonstrated his courage by opening up about the issue in order to help Geelong’s Steve Johnson off a tribunal charge. However it didn’t affect his durability, regularly playing upwards of 95 per cent game time as North charged deep into September.

Although the season ended disappointingly for Thompson, overall the consistent improvement in his offensive game made it a successful year. The defender should also pass the 150 game mark in 2015.

2013

Mid-season, from Shane Watson

“He’s been playing on the opposition’s best key forward and been beating them, or at worst breaking even. I would say he’s arguably in All-Australian form for one of those key-defender positions.

“When he’s playing as well as he is, there’s not a whole lot (of weaknesses) to work on. It’s more about continuing to do what he’s doing.

End of season review

Thompson continued his fine form in the second half of the year, regularly neutralising the opposition’s number one key forward.

His handball efficiency, leading all North players, proved a damaging tool in initiating rebound 50’s. He was selected to his first All-Australian team and won his first Syd Barker Medal.

2012

Picking up where he left off, Thompson played a series of crucial roles throughout the year and was one of the few players to maintain his form through North's struggles.

Despite missing two games with back soreness, Thompson was able to slide right back into the 22 and play like he hadn't missed a beat.

His finish to the season was especially strong. In Round 21 he held Travis Cloke goalless, while in Round 23 he collected a career-high 39 possessions - both performances earning him three Brownlow votes.

2011

Thompson's early season form was much like North in general as he made a slow start to 2011. However he quickly turned it around to be one of the most dependable defenders once again.

His performance against Adam Goodes in Round 10 was a highlight as he held the Sydney superstar quiet and bobbed up in the forward half for two goals of his own to go with 19 possessions.

He extended his consecutive games streak to 66 with a third year of playing all 22 games.

2010

After cementing his spot in the side by playing all 22 games in 2009, Thompsonconsolidated it with a second successive quality season, again playing all 22 games.

He found more of the ball and began to provide rebound out of the defensive half. Thompson finished the season with a career high 30 disposals against Melbourne in Round 22, capping off a solid first year under Brad Scott.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 24
    • Kicks 9.4
    • Handballs 7.1
    • Disposals 16.5
    • Marks 5.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 66.2

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Essendon FW1
Handballs 10 Melbourne Rd 23
Disposals 26 Melbourne Rd 14
Marks 13 Essendon FW1
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Hawthorn Rd 16
Goals 1 Port Adelaide Rd 3
AFL Fantasy 121 Melbourne Rd 14

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon L 60 - 99 9 8 17 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 66
2 Western Bulldogs W 54 - 83 12 10 22 6 0 2 2 3 0 0 82
3 Port Adelaide W 97 - 90 8 6 14 4 0 1 0 1 1 0 59
4 Sydney Swans W 48 - 91 14 10 24 7 0 2 1 4 0 0 98
5 Collingwood L 93 - 58 7 10 17 5 0 1 1 2 0 0 62
6 Fremantle W 61 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Gold Coast Suns L 77 - 120 7 9 16 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 60
9 Brisbane Lions W 125 - 38 9 9 18 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 65
10 Geelong Cats L 111 - 91 9 8 17 5 0 2 3 1 0 0 55
11 West Coast Eagles W 44 - 82 13 9 22 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 73
12 Richmond W 116 - 88 3 3 6 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 15
13 Adelaide Crows L 109 - 73 11 5 16 8 0 2 0 1 0 0 73
14 Melbourne W 66 - 107 17 9 26 12 0 4 0 3 0 0 121
15 Brisbane Lions L 70 - 66 6 3 9 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 38
16 Hawthorn W 108 - 88 10 4 14 8 0 0 0 6 0 0 86
17 St Kilda W 92 - 33 7 6 13 2 0 1 3 2 0 0 39
18 Carlton L 109 - 86 8 8 16 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 64
19 Geelong Cats L 79 - 111 8 7 15 6 0 2 1 1 0 0 59
20 GWS Giants W 51 - 126 6 5 11 3 0 0 2 3 0 0 43
21 Western Bulldogs W 111 - 61 16 6 22 8 0 1 1 2 0 0 90
22 Adelaide Crows W 101 - 94 8 5 13 3 0 1 0 3 0 0 56
23 Melbourne W 123 - 93 9 10 19 6 0 2 2 4 0 0 77
FW1 Essendon W 93 - 81 17 7 24 13 0 2 0 2 0 1 115
SF Geelong Cats W 92 - 98 10 7 17 6 0 1 2 3 0 0 69
PF Sydney Swans L 136 - 65 2 7 9 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 24
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 9 226 171 397 138 0 29 23 47 1 1 1589

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 136
    • Kicks 8.9
    • Handballs 8.3
    • Disposals 17.2
    • Marks 5.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 66.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 GWS Giants Rd 23, 2012
Handballs 21 GWS Giants Rd 23, 2012
Disposals 39 GWS Giants Rd 23, 2012
Marks 13 Essendon FW1, 2014
Hit-outs 2 St Kilda Rd 23, 2011
Tackles 9 Fremantle Rd 4, 2011
Goals 2 Sydney Swans Rd 10, 2011
AFL Fantasy 139 GWS Giants Rd 23, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 North Melbourne 226 171 397 138 0 29 23 47 1 1 1589
2013 North Melbourne 228 144 372 124 1 29 26 42 2 0 1476
2012 North Melbourne 184 203 387 123 0 20 26 48 0 3 1464
2011 North Melbourne 197 196 393 102 2 37 30 60 2 2 1492
2010 North Melbourne 165 215 380 88 0 34 22 54 1 2 1381
2009 North Melbourne 170 178 348 102 0 34 14 57 0 0 1392
2008 North Melbourne 44 27 71 27 0 5 5 8 0 0 289

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 12
- Rebound 50's: 5
- One percenters: 2
- Time on Ground: 94%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 30
- Marks: 7
- Rebound 50's: 4
- Time on Ground: 100%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 15
- One percenters: 10
- Rebound 50's: 4
- Time on Ground: 98%

NMFC Debut

Round 1, 2008 v Essendon
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 4.3.27, 6.7.43, 7.9.51, 9.13.67
Essendon: 2.0.12, 8.2.50, 15.5.95, 19.8.122

50th Game

Round 22, 2010 v Melbourne
Venue:
MCG

North Melbourne: 5.4.34, 10.7.67, 12.8.80, 17.11.113
Melbourne: 3.3.21, 8.7.55, 12.10.82, 15.13.103

100th Game

Round 7, 2013 v Western Bulldogs
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 5.5.35, 8.11.59, 13.14.92, 22.19.151
Western Bulldogs: 4.1.25, 7.3.45, 11.7.73, 15.7.97