Scotch AFL production line rolls on
Six Old Boys are current members of AFL senior lists.
Words: DAVID ASHTON Photography: Tim Shearer
Junior Rioli and Campbell Brown in front of Hawthorn’s tribute to Old Boy Ian Law
Over the years, 63 Old Scotch boys have played senior VFL/AFL football. Some have become established stars like Colin Youren, Ian Law, Richard Loveridge and John Hendrie of Hawthorn, Glen Elliott of St Kilda and Melbourne, and Jim Anderson of Essendon. At the turn of the 20th century they all became household names in their eras.
Others have played just one game, like Euan Campbell and Ernest Shaw (Melbourne) and Peter McCracken (St Kilda). But they had the skills to make it to the pinnacle, if not to sustain their position there.
The production line of Scotch AFL players has never stopped: there are currently six Old Scotch boys on AFL senior lists:
Ed Barlow (’05)
A defender/midfielder, Ed made his AFL debut for the Sydney Swans in round 20 of the 2007 season – a heart-stopping draw, in which he performed most creditably, picking up 18 disposals. He held his place in the side for the Swans’ final four matches of the season, including the elimination final loss to Collingwood, and has gained senior selection again in 2008.
Nick Smith (Captain of Football, ’06)
A midfielder, Nick made his senior AFL debut with the Sydney Swans in round 5, 2008, picking up a creditable 14 possessions. Nick, Captain of Football and Cricket in 2006, was a member of the Swans’ 2007 premiership-winning reserves side in the AFL Canberra competition.
Campbell Brown (Captain of Football, ‘01)
A courageous defender who usually takes on a taller and heavier opposition forward, Campbell has played over 100 games for Hawthorn since making his AFL debut against Adelaide in round 11 of the 2002 season. He averages over 17 possessions a game, and was rewarded for a very consistent 2007 season with selection in the AFL’s 2007 All-Australian team.
Nick Gill (’00)
A forward, Nick made his AFL debut for the Adelaide Crows in round 17 of 2007, after having previously been on the Melbourne list in 2001, and on the Kangaroos’ rookie list in 2003. Nick held his place in the Crows’ team for the remainder of the season, including the elimination final loss to Hawthorn.
Nathan Djerrkura (’06)
A prominent member of the 2006 premiership-winning School 1st XVIII, Nathan is on the senior list of AFL premiers, Geelong. Nathan is a midfielder with great pace and evasive skills. Although he didn’t play any senior AFL football (apart from two pre-season NAB Cup games), last season Nathan was a member of Geelong’s premiership-winning VFL side, in a dream season for the Cats.
Junior Rioli (’07)
Drafted at number 12 to the Hawthorn Football Club in the AFL national draft, Junior Rioli joined Campbell Brown as the second Scotch College player currently at the Hawks. At the time of writing, he had played seven senior games for the Hawks in 2008. Junior provided great entertainment playing with the Scotch 1st XVIII for three years, including a 10-goal game against Carey as a Year 10 student. Junior was awarded the AFL Rising Star Award for Round 6.
(Photo of Nick Gill reproduced by courtesy of photographer Ray Titus and the Adelaide Advertiser.)