Matthew SCARLETT

#30  

Age: 40yr 0mth Games: 284 Born: Jun 05, 1979
Height: 192cm Weight: 91kg Position: DEF

2012 Digest:   The game’s premier defender suits up for his 15th season and has stated it could be his last. Hard to believe given 2011 form that saw him finish sixth in the best and fairest playing a sweeping role in defence. Has been able to reinvent his game with the development of Taylor and Lonergan, who have taken more defensive roles, allowing Scarlett to read the play and zone off. He is poised under pressure, can play on smalls or talls and is smart enough to counter any attempt to shadow him.

2012 NAB Cup:   The game’s premier defender suits up for his 15th season and has stated it could be his last. Hard to believe given 2011 form that saw him finish sixth in the best and fairest playing a sweeping role in defence. Has been able to reinvent his game with the development of Taylor and Lonergan, who have taken more defensive roles, allowing Scarlett to read the play and zone off. He is poised under pressure, can play on smalls or talls and is smart enough to counter any attempt to shadow him.

2012 Season

Played for : Geelong

1 Frem Not a great start to the year. Highlight was a left hook to Ballantyne’s chin. 3
5 Bris Patrolled deep back with aplomb in first game for four weeks. Steady. 5
6 Melb Stout in the back half and gathered a season-high tally of touches. 6
9 WB Frugal when ball in his area and used the ball well out of the back half. 6
10 GWS Patrolled the last line in typical cool fashion. Good when GWS had a run on. 7
11 Carl Forced to take Hampson and Kreuzer at times and excellent one-on-one. 8
13 Syd Fought on well down back and was among the better performers. 7
14 Port Saw Ebert off then had Lobbe. Umpire Farmer is off his Christmas card list. 6
15 GCS Not sure how much respect he paid Suns’ opponents. No real influence. 4
16 Coll Played on Dawes at times and OK defensively but not much rebound. 5
17 Ess Still trying to find his best. There in parts but not over four-quarter journey. 5
19 Haw Clean ball handling late stood out in what was a solid defensive display. 6
20 WCE Outmarked by some of the Eagle tall timber and not his best outing. 4
21 StK Not often we say it but had a shocker – looked sluggish and was beaten. 2
23 Syd In ominous sign for opponents he suddenly found some form. Solid. 7
EF Frem Farewell game ended in disaster. Only three effective disposals tells tale. 2