Melbourne Demons’ Shelley Scott moves back to farm life


“It was a tough decision in the end but I thought I was going to be happier on the farm as opposed to being able to commit to footy and work in Melbourne, as good as it was, I wasn’t just quite as happy as I was previously on farms.

“I went back for a little bit and was like ‘Yep this is where I want to be’.”

Having been at the Demons since the inaugural AFLW season in 2017, the 31-year-old is confident the commute from the farm and working on the farm, on top of playing footy, is sustainable.

“It’s just how well I manage it. High loads at the farm [and] high loads with footy but it’s a family farm so everyone chips in, which helps.”

The move is showing in Scott’s footy after her best-afield performance in the Demons’ win over the Western Bulldogs last week to take them to 2-0 and in 2020. With Daisy Pearce back and looking formidable across half-back, Melbourne loom as a premiership threat early in this campaign.

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“More than anything there is great composure and great belief in our game style and executing it and we’re sort of just ticking away, getting the small things done and it seems to be adding up to the bigger things happening,” Scott said of Melbourne’s confident start to 2020.

While Melbourne’s assignment may seem easier on Friday – a clash with AFLW newcomers St Kilda at Moorabbin – it could very well be a banana skin.

The Saints lost their first match against the Bulldogs by 25 points but were fantastic in the second half of last week’s match away to dual premiership winners Adelaide, before a late Crows flurry saw the Saints relinquish their lead and lose by 13 points.

“They were very unlucky, the Crows were just a little too strong in the last part of that final quarter,” Scott said.

“We’re expecting a tough physical contest from them, they will be hungry and we will have a fight on our hands.

“We won’t be complacent at all. Our experience in the past, we don’t want to be stuck in a position where you get to late in the season and are waiting on other results to see if we play finals or not.”

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