Former coach Colin Scott rates his Roos
THE last man to coach Wallaroos to a Bundaberg Rugby League has thrown his full support behind the club's grand final mission.
Colin Scott led Wallaroos to the 2009 premiership in which a team featuring Todd Campbell, Shaun Collins and Sam Hutchins beat Past Brothers 40-38.
Scott handed over the reins to former premiership- winning halfback Peter Waters at the end of 2015.
Waters chose to stick to a local player pool, a decision which was initially slammed by rival supporters and coaches but has now paid dividends. Scott said he was rapt with Waters' success at what he described as his adopted club.
"When I was helping last year Peter was adamant about brining the club's junior players through the ranks and its paid off,” Scott said. "He's stuck to the kids from Maryborough and given them a chance to make history.
"Wallaroos is the club I adopted. My junior club (Townsville Souths) isn't part of the comp anymore so I adopted Roos as my club.”
Scott said he rated the 2009 grand final triumph in his top 10 most memorable rugby league moments.
Atop that list was playing fullback in the first State of Origin for Queensland alongside the legendary Artie Beetson, and at second was playing alongside the King, Wally Lewis.
In fifth spot, between playing for Australia in 1983 and watching the "best player our game has ever seen” Johnathan Thurston play, was Wallaroos' 2009 premiership.
"As a player I enjoyed success but coaching, the opportunity them does not come often,” he said. "It's a highlight of my career.”