JUST A TEAM PLAYER

11 FEB 2015 | BY JUSTIN GROSE


Having always loved the feeling around local clubs and having been involved for a long period of time at a club in Darwin ( Banks Bulldogs) as a player as well as runner and assistant coach, I wanted to get back to being involved in a footy club again. These were the opening words of club volunteer Scott Johnson.

So when his wife (and head of the family matriarch) Sharon became club secretary back in 2010 and was going down to the club so much he thought he would come down as well.

From there his love and enjoyment of the club just grew.

After working in Hamburger Hill with the late great Snake eyes (Life member Rob Alston) and the other boys I wanted to offer my services at a higher level as an assistant coach for the ressies (development squad). Scott said, I honestly loved my time as a coach both under Brad Burns and Tate Burgmann and only stopped to allow Sharon more help after the birth of our beautiful baby daughter Emma he added.

Scott, who lives in Narre Warren and works at “Steel Solutions Melbourne” thoroughly enjoys local footy, along with fishing and the outdoors.

He proudly boasts playing one game (Five minutes) for Rowville FC but did not elaborate further!!

I really enjoy meeting new people and all aspects of local footy really Scott continued, from a club perspective as most people have been saying defiantly the professionalism at the club across the board and also the “One Club – One Culture” have been the biggest improvements in my time at the club.

The one Bloke who jumps out at me as the heart and soul of the club is Monster (Paul Mynott), there is no other like him. There is so many good people but the other one who I really had a good relationship with was Snake (Rob Alston), the bloke would give you the shirt off his back. I like many others genuinely miss him Scott reflected.

However, another bloke who l would say is one of the real understated blokes at the club would be Rob Whitta, he does a lot behind the scenes and never asks for anything in return. A great club person.

A serious side come over Scott when asked how he felt the club could improve.

This may stir the pot and I don’t know the answer but with the way the league is heading I would have to say financially so that we can compete with the big boys just seems to hard, there just seems to be a massive divide. I know how hard people work to make the club tick but honestly, from a financial aspect how do you compete? Scott asked.

That said, we are still a young side with a lot to learn and l think we have the right coaching staff to keep improving, I believe we will finish this year in the finals and keep getting better from there, we just need the boys to stick together he added.

Next year l am taking a step back from the club for a while to spend more time with my family but will be getting down to a few games and helping out where I can. Hopefully l will come back in a few seasons to get back into coaching again he finished.

THINGS WE LEARNT ABOUT SCOTT

Favourite song Billy Joel Piano Man

Favourite move Shawshank redemption

AFL team Western Bulldogs

Other sports you watch/play Play Golf and watch any sport

Favourite holiday destination Golden Beach (90 mile beach) with my wife and daughter

Favourite restaurant The meat and Wine Co
Favourite dish Steak(Rib eye medium rare) and Rosco’s chicken

3 people you would invite to dinner Doug Hawkins, Billy Brownless and David Boon (what a party)