Matthew Scarlett – Retired Australian Rules Football Player

Popular by the nicknames Lowndesy, Gunner’s Boy and Scarlo, Matthew Scarlett was one of the finest players of AFL. He retired only recently in 2012.

Born on June 9, 1979, Matthew Scarlett started playing for Geelong football team. Matthew is the eldest son of John Scarlett who was a former player of Geelong. Geelong picked Matthew under Father-Son rule in 1997 AFL Draft. Scarlett had a successful AFL career and won quite a few accolades during his career.

Matthew scarlett

Playing Career

1998 – 2012: Geelong Football Club

Matthew made his debut in 1998 season’s final round. Geelong played against Essendon and Matthew was up against Matthew Lloyd – a full-forward player of Essendon. Scarlett managed two marks and 6 disposals but allowed Lloyd to kick 6 goals. For the next season, Scarlett entered the games somewhere midway during the season only to face Lloyd once again. Scarlett acknowledges the games against Lloyd as challenging and also said that those particular matches helped him to develop his playing tactics. For the 1998 and 1999 seasons, he was allowed to play only a limited number of games but in 2000, he became an established player of the senior side, playing a total of 21 games. He also played in the Grand Final where Geelong was defeated by Hawthorn but Scarlett earned the nomination for AFL Rising Star. In 2001, Scarlett played a total of 20 games and in 3 games; he had 20 or more disposals. He ended up as a runner up for the Best and Fairest award in 2001 and won the Carji Greeves Medal. In the 3rd round of 2002 season, Scarlett played his 50th game. In the same season, he won the Brownlow Medal after gathering 26 possessions against Port Adelaide. By the end of the season, Scarlett was selected for representing Australia against Ireland in International rules football.

In 2003 season Scarlett achieved his career-high 15 marks and won the Geelong Best and Fairest award, the Carji Greeves Medal and was also given the All-Australian status, once again representing Australia in International rules football. In 2004 season, he ended up as a runner up for Best and Fairest award but was once again earning All-Australian status. In 2005 season, Scarlett played his 100th consecutive games and showed his consistency. In 2006, he went on to grab his career-best 34 possessions. In 2007, Scarlett helped Geelong to reach the Grand Finals where Geelong defeated Port Adelaide by 119 points. It was Geelong’s first premiership win since 1963. That year Scarlet once again earned the All-Australian status and was placed 3rd in Norm Smith Medal. In 2008 after playing for Victoria in AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match, Scarlett was selected for the All-Australian team for the fourth time. In 2009 and 2011 seasons, Scarlett was a premiership player and became one of the 12 players from Geelong who participated in all three premierships during the era. Scarlett retired in 2012 after Geelong’s 2012 season ended with a defeat against Fremantle.

Post Retirement

After retirement, Scarlett became a part-time developmental coach for Western Bulldogs. In 2013, he played for South Barwon in Geelong Football League.

Awards And Achievements

  • 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011: All-Australian team.
  • 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007: Nominated for Leigh Matthews Trophy.
  • 2002, 2003: Representative for Australia in International rules football.
  • 2000: AFL Rising Star.
  • 2003: Carji Greeves Medal.
  • 2006: Inducted in Geelong Hall of Fame and awarded life membership for the club.
  • 2008: Victorian representative in AFL Hall of Fame Tribute Match
  • 2007, 2009 and 2011: Premiership player.

Matthew Scarlet was one of the finest fullback players to have played for Geelong. His commitment to the game will keep inspiring many new players for years to come.

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