Star recruit is news to Rams
By STEVE SPINKS
LUKE Scott is playing for the enemy.
The Marist Brothers second-rower will play at Oakes Oval, Lismore, tomorrow against Mullumbimby in the second round of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.
And what's more he will captain the Rams.
About 10 years ago that would have been unthinkable.
After all, Scott broke into Group One first grade with the Brethren's arch rivals, the now defunct Lismore Workers Tigers.
"Workers doesn't exist any more," Scott said.
"I played my juniors with Marist Brothers because I went to Trinity, before switching to Workers.
"My Dad was mixed up with Workers."
After playing with the Tigers, Scott headed to university on the Gold Coast and played for Souths in the Brisbane State League.
From there he was recruited to the North Queensland Cowboys and the National Rugby League.
He played two seasons, 1997-98, with the Cowboys including 30 first grade games.
"The first year I played was Super League," Scott said.
"I then went back to Brisbane and played five seasons with Redcliffe in the State League."
At Redcliffe the 30-year-old was involved in five consecutive grand finals, winning three.
"They are the most professional club," Scott said.
"I've no doubt that if they wanted to move into the NRL they could, and they would be competitive.
"That's why they stopped the Gold Coast using the Dolphins logo."
Time to play
Scott returned to Lismore in 2003 after his father, Burt, passed away.
He came back to help his brother run the family's news-agency stores in Woodlark and Molesworth streets.
After a year off, he decided it was time to play some more footy, even though he's proved himself at a high level.
"If I wasn't motivated I wouldn't play," Scott said.
"That's what I learned most at North Queensland.
"Even though we were getting belted every week, you were always learning and that keeps you motivated."
The last time Marist Brothers played Mullumbimby was in the 2004 Group One grand final.
The Giants won a thriller 14-12 to claim their first premiership in 44 years.
However, both sides have had massive turnovers in players.
Only 13 players remain throughout both teams.
First grade tomorrow will kick off at 2.45pm.
MARIST BROTHERS: Fullback, Nathan Tolley; wingers, Adrian Gooley, Lawrence Mercy; centres, Niko Vakararawa, Graham Smallwood; five-eighth, Jake Campbell; halfback, Brent Peterson; props, Tim Tredigo, Simon Andrews; hooker, Scott Gibson; second-rowers, Luke Scott (c), Kevin Walker; lock, Luke Campbell. Interchange: Chris Farrell.
Coach: Craig Hodges.
MULLUMBIMBY (likely): Fullback, Paul Latta; wingers, Joel Christie, Troy Smith; Jeff Funnell, Simon Baines; five-eighth, Chase Nelson (c); halfback, Bernard Browning; props, Luke Hampson, Max Binkley; hooker, Sean Doherty; second-rowers, Craig Abbott, Brett Archibald; lock, Mitch Morris. Interchange: Adam McKenzie.
Coach: Dave Latta.