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Key Facts

Full name
Scott Cummings

Known as
Scott Cummings

18 January 1974 (age 49)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 159d
Last game: 28y 162d

Height and weight
Height: 194 cm
Weight: 105 kg

Senior clubs
Swan Districts; Essendon; Port Adelaide; West Coast; Collingwood

Jumper numbers
Essendon: 36
Port Adelaide: 6
West Coast: 14
Collingwood: 32

Recruited from
Swan Districts (1994); Essendon (1997); Port Adelaide (1999); West Coast (2002)

Scott Cummings

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Swan DistrictsWAFL1992-1993, 2001341043.06
Port AdelaideAFL1997-1998371022.7641%
West CoastAFL1999-2001461583.4346%5.961.374.1715
WAFL1992-1993, 2001341043.06

AFL: 10,530th player to appear, 1,739th most games played, 140th most goals kickedEssendon: 987th player to appear, 404th most games played, 104th most goals kickedPort Adelaide: 6th player to appear, 103rd most games played, 20th most goals kickedWest Coast: 116th player to appear, 114th most games played, 15th most goals kickedCollingwood: 1,027th player to appear, 889th most games played, 558th most goals kicked

Scott Cummings played 128 games for Essendon, Port Adelaide, West Coast and Collingwood between 1994 and 2002.

Cummings played primarily as a full forward and won the Coleman Medal in 1999 for being the leading goalscorer for the season. Although he was well renowned for his goal kicking abilities, Cummings occasionally played centre half back while playing in the reserve team at Essendon.

Cummings was selected at pick #20 in the 1992 AFL Draft from the Swan Districts in the West Australian Football League as a strong full forward. Essendon originally received this pick after trading Richard Ambrose, Ed Considine and Michael Werner for it.

Of solid build, but surprisingly mobile, Scott Cummings played most of his WAFL and AFL career as a full forward. Between 1992 and 1993 and in 2001 he played a total of 34 games and kicked 104 goals for Swan Districts. His AFL career saw him experience mixed fortunes at four clubs. Commencing with Essendon in 1994 he never really established himself as a senior team regular in playing 40 games in three seasons and booting 83 goals. When Port Adelaide commenced in the AFL in 1997 they procured Cummings from the Bombers in return for two draft picks and had reason to be satisfied with the deal as the burly forward provided a potent focal point in the forward lines, bagging 70 goals to finish third in the Coleman Medal. After that, however, his form fell away, and this coupled with suspensions limited him to just 16 games in which he kicked 32 goals. At season’s end he was traded to West Coast in return for Jarrad Schofield.

The 1999 season proved to be easily the best of Scott Cummings’ career as he played consistently well and his final tally of 95 goals saw him procure the Coleman Medal as the League’s top goal kicker. Somewhat contentiously, however, he was not selected in the 1999 All Australian team, with the full forward position going to ‘media darling’ Matthew Lloyd of Essendon who kicked 8 goals fewer.

After that, the 2000 season proved inordinately disappointing as a mixture of injuries and poor form saw him miss virtually all the second half of the season. Worse was to follow as in 2001 he managed just 9 games which netted 16 goals, and spent much of the season back with Swan Districts. At the end of the year he was de-listed.

In 2002 Cummings was granted a lifeline by Collingwood who selected him in the pre-season draft. However, he was once again beset by injuries and played just 5 games before retiring.

Author - John Devaney


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