“It has been one of our most disappointing losses, definitely."
2:22pm Jun 4, 2015
Scott Thompson says the Roos must be wary of Hawthorn's forwards.
6:19pm Apr 30, 2015
Junior club: South Barwon
Recruited from: Geelong VFL
Draft: #37, 2007 National
Debut: Round 1, 2008 v Essendon
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Scott Thompson was a mature aged recruit from Geelong’s VFL side in 2007 after initially being overlooked in previous drafts.
Playing his junior football at South Barwon, Thompson became a club favourite after a key role in their 2006 premiership win.
Moving into the VFL in 2007, Thompson’s performances in that year’s finals series stood out and earned him attention from AFL recruiters. North Melbourne selected the key defender with its third pick in the National Draft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Disposals: 12
- Rebound 50's: 5
- One percenters: 2
- Time on Ground: 94%
- Disposals: 30
- Marks: 7
- Rebound 50's: 4
- Time on Ground: 100%
- Disposals: 15
- One percenters: 10
- Rebound 50's: 4
- Time on Ground: 98%
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
Round 22, 2010 v Melbourne
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
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