Leagues: AFLW, NAB League Girls, AFLW U18 Championships
Paige Scott is a dynamic match-winning forward who has the ability to be one of the best players in the AFLW Draft crop. Though inconsistency has plagued her at times, and her off-ball impact still needs to lift, when Scott is at her best, she is near-unstoppable with her goal sense, footy IQ and X-factor rolled into one inside 50.
Paige Scott is one of the most dynamic players in the AFLW Draft crop. Without a doubt, her best is just about as good as anyone’s; a match-winner on her day, with an ability to turn a game in a quarter, Her sheer X-factor and ability to do so much damage in a few minutes is undoubted, but the big question mark is how she closes the gap between her floor and ceiling.
In the games where everything clicks for Scott, she can snare three or four goals in a quarter, and threaten to kick double-figures some games. But in others, she struggles to really impact the contest. Take the AFLW Academy game for example. Playing forward, in the first half she had three frees against and a turnover kick in a half of football, clearly looking frustrated. Then she came out and slotted two impressive goals in the last quarter to seal the game, reminding everyone of what she is capable of at her best.
It is easy to forget Scott got the job done on the biggest stage last year, winning the AFLW Under 19 Championships goalkicking. This year, in a different-looking Vic Country team, she did not get the same supply and she subsequently kicked two goals in three games. It was a similar story at the Rebels, kicking the seven goals in seven games compared to her 15 in nine last year - albeit playing up the field more.
In Round 10 against Sandringham, Scott slammed home three goals from 21 touches and six marks, dominating the defence and reminding everyone of how imposing she can be. Scott then backed it up with a 23-disposal effort against Bendigo, albeit slotting four behinds. Despite that, her last two games showed promise and if she can work on closing the gap in her consistency, and perhaps having more impact off the ball when the game is not going her way, then watch out because Scott is a very special natural talent.
Paige Scott won the 2021 AFLW Under 19 Championships goalkicking award as a bottom-ager to announce herself on the big stage.