Rookie prize for dedication

Justin FrisGeraldton Guardian

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 at the Great Northern Football League 2017 JJ Clune Medal presentation, as he took the 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.”

East Fremantle will play Claremont in the WAFL Colts Grand Final on Sunday at Domain Stadium at 8.40am.

The game will be broadcast on Footy Radio via the WAFL smartphone app.

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