Scott all-time great league player
RUGBY LEAGUE: Maryborough Wallaroos coach Colin Scott has been named as one of the all-time great indigenous rugby league players by a major Sydney newspaper.
Blogging before tonight’s NRL All Stars clash, Phil Rothfield, sports editor of the Daily Telegraph, named his best-ever indigenous rugby league side.
Named among the game’s greatest indigenous fullbacks was Scott.
He was featured among the likes of Kevin Longbottom, David Peachey, Eric Simms, Dale Shearer and Andrew Walker.
Scott, who played for Queensland in the first-ever State of Origin match in 1980, said it was an honour to be mentioned in such illustrious company.
Although he was beat out to the top spot by Shearer, Scott said it was an honour to be named and that if he were picking the top indigenous side, he would pick Shearer as well.
“I’ve got no argument with that,” he said.
“Dale is an excellent player and he was ahead of any bloke in his time.
“He would be my first choice.”
Scott is thrilled tonight’s All Stars match is garnering so much attention and says it’s great that people are taking the time to name their best indigenous sides and recognise the contribution indigenous players have made the game.
“We have seen some very exciting indigenous players.”
Scott himself has been responsible for increasing recognition for indigenous players here on the Fraser Coast.
Playing in the Bundaberg Rugby League competition last year, the Maryborough Wallaroos and Isis Devils, both featuring several talented indigenous players, battled it out for a new shield, named for two outstanding indigenous players from each club, Danny Fewquandie and Malcolm Vea Vea.
“It’s great to highlight the input indigenous players have had in our game.”
Scott said the game wasn’t just about entertainment – it was also a celebration of the reconciliation of indigenous Australians with non-indigenous Australians.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he said.
“The timing is right now.”
TOP INDIGENOUS TEAM
Fullback: Dale Shearer
Wing: John Ferguson and Larry Corowa
Centres: Greg Inglis and Steve Ella
Five-eighth: Laurie Daley
Half-back: Johnathan Thurston
Back-rowers: Gordon Tallis, Ronnie Gibbs and Sam Thaiday
Props: Sam Backo and Arthur Beetson
Hooker: Mal Cochrane
Interchange: Cliff Lyons, Greg Bird, Steve Ella and Justin Hodges