Author(s): Matthew Scarlett and Scott Gullan
For Geelong fans, Matthew Scarlett is an AFL legend. One of the most popular and long-standing players in the history of the club, Scarlett is an old-fashioned type of footballer – a one-club man whose hard work and commitment on the footy field is legendary, and whose passion for winning is strong enough to galvanise a whole club. An instinctive player and a natural strategist, Scarlett played a key role in Geelong's three premiership victories of 2007, 2009 and 2011. Known as a man of few words, in Hold the Line, Scarlett gives us the inside run of what went into making the Cats unbeatable, shares his views on his teammates and coaches, and gives us the dirt on the Geelong's bitter rivalry with St Kilda Football Club. In Hold the Line Matthew Scarlett shows us why when he does talk, people sit and up listen.
Matthew Scarlett grew up in Geelong, Victoria. Eldest son of former Geelong player John Scarlett, he seemed almost destined to become one of the club's most valuable players. Playing fullback from 1997 up until his retirement at the end of the 2012 season, he was instrumental in Geelong's premiership wins of 2007, 2009 and 2011. Scarlett was the recipient of the Carji Greeves club champion medal in 2003, and has been named an All-Australian six times.