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Thompson eyes 2017

“I could still jog and get up to 75 per cent, and as a defender you need to be able to sprint.”

5:25pm Sep 14, 2016

Thompson coaches pick

It was a return to All-Australian form and Scott Thompson has been appropriately rewarded.

8:40am May 3, 2016

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Scott D.
Thompson

Height
193 cm
DOB
09-05-1986
Weight
96 kg
Debut
2008
Games
2016
19
Career
179
Goals
2016
0
Career
6
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1080
Avg
57
Scott D.Thompson

Player Bio

At a Glance

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

Strengths

- Intercept play
- Defensive half rebound

Jumper Club Members

- AlexKarBon Real Estate - Charles Bongiovanni

Background: Pre-NMFC

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.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Defensive Coach, Brad Green

“It was one of those years that came to a frustrating halt right at the end.

“He played some ripping games, when you look at some of the players he played on; Jake Stringer, Tom Lynch on the Gold Coast, Eddie Betts – so he can play tall and small.

“He’s very versatile in the way he plays and I reckon he was pretty good for most of the year and very consistent.

“He’s grown his game with his leadership and playing to the way he want to play.

“His hip troubled him and we missed him in that final. You know he can play through most injuries, so you know if he’s out it really is something.”

2015

Mid-season, from Josh Drummond

“This year with Taz’s emergence we’ve been able to pick and choose with our matchups rather than Scooter just taking the big key forward.

“He’s done jobs on (Josh) Kennedy, (Jack) Riewoldt, (Jeremy) Cameron – for the most part he’s done really well. Overall he’s had a pretty solid year so far.”

Second half of 2015, from Josh Drummond

“’Scooter’ probably had his ups and downs. At times he typified our team in a way, but again his ability to compete and provide leadership was very important.

“It’s not something that shows up when you’re watching the game but it’s still crucial. He’s another that will benefit from a free run at it heading into 2016, and it’ll let him work on certain areas of his game.”

2014

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

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 19
    • Kicks 8.6
    • Handballs 5.9
    • Disposals 14.5
    • Marks 4.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 56.8

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 Western Bulldogs Rd 6
Handballs 12 Richmond Rd 11
Disposals 26 Western Bulldogs Rd 6
Marks 9 Western Bulldogs Rd 6
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Western Bulldogs Rd 6
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 115 Western Bulldogs Rd 6

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows W 107 - 97 7 6 13 5 0 2 1 1 0 0 51
2 Brisbane Lions W 83 - 117 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Melbourne W 136 - 131 1 8 9 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 27
4 Fremantle W 132 - 101 9 7 16 5 0 1 1 3 0 0 66
5 Gold Coast Suns W 81 - 119 11 3 14 7 0 2 2 0 0 0 56
6 Western Bulldogs W 61 - 45 16 10 26 9 0 3 1 5 0 0 115
7 St Kilda W 75 - 82 11 7 18 6 0 1 0 2 0 0 74
8 Essendon W 60 - 74 14 5 19 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 74
9 Carlton W 113 - 46 9 7 16 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 63
10 Sydney Swans L 91 - 65 9 6 15 6 0 1 1 3 0 1 68
11 Richmond W 124 - 54 6 12 18 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 53
12 Geelong Cats L 105 - 74 9 7 16 5 0 4 0 0 0 0 60
13 Hawthorn L 84 - 93 10 5 15 5 0 3 5 0 0 0 43
14 Adelaide Crows L 100 - 67 10 5 15 4 0 2 1 3 0 0 63
16 West Coast Eagles L 104 - 72 12 2 14 7 0 0 3 1 0 0 56
17 Port Adelaide L 77 - 105 3 5 8 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 38
18 Collingwood W 84 - 124 7 8 15 5 0 1 1 3 0 0 62
19 St Kilda W 85 - 62 8 2 10 6 0 3 3 2 0 0 48
20 Western Bulldogs L 61 - 47 12 5 17 5 0 0 2 1 0 0 59
21 Hawthorn L 96 - 57 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans L 76 - 85 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
23 GWS Giants L 63 - 100 - - - - - - - - - - -
W1 Adelaide Crows L 141 - 79 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 11 164 112 276 94 0 25 24 32 0 1 1080

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 179
    • Kicks 8.8
    • Handballs 7.8
    • Disposals 16.6
    • Marks 5.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 64.4

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 W1, 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
2016 North Melbourne 164 112 276 94 0 25 24 32 0 1 1080
2015 North Melbourne 203 146 349 114 0 25 28 44 0 0 1360
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%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 15
- One percenters: 4
- Rebound 50's: 4
- Time on Ground: 94%

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

150th game

Round 15, 2015 v Geelong
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 3.2.20, 10.5.65, 14.7.91, 18.12.120
Geelong: 3.3.21, 4.8.32, 7.11.53, 11.13.79