Scott Nathan Welsh (born 7 December 1978) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is the nephew of former Glenelg and North Melbourne player Kym Hodgeman, and cousin of former Glenelg and Richmond player Ben Moore.
|Full name||Scott Nathan Welsh|
|Date of birth||7 December 1978|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Original team(s)||West Adelaide, Marion Rams|
19th overall, 1995 AFL Draft|
19th overall, 2007 Pre-Season Draft
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||89 kg (196 lb)|
|1996–1999||North Melbourne||36 (30)|
|2008–2009||Western Bulldogs||40 (63)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2009.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Debuting with North Melbourne in 1996 as a 17-year-old, Welsh was seen as a development player who started to get regular game time in 1998. Though he was drafted as a half-back flanker, Welsh played with North Melbourne as a forward and was a part of North Melbourne's premiership side in 1999 before, citing homesickness, returning to Adelaide in 2000 to play for Adelaide Football Club.
Welsh played up forward for the Crows and is known for his occasional devastating displays in front of goals, twice scoring eight goals in a match. He has sometimes been criticised for his lack of consistency but was nevertheless considered one of Adelaide's premier forwards.
In 2005, Welsh booted 58 goals; his best season in terms of goals scored. He also notched up his 100th game with Adelaide in 2004. Though injury problems has forced him to miss many games throughout his career (injuries mainly began from 2002 onwards) and he had to wait until Round 19 for his first game for the Crows in 2006.
In 2007 he played his 150th AFL game against Brisbane in round 7. Welsh finished with 49 goals and 20 behinds for the season, topping the Crows goalkicking list for the fourth time. His fourth goal against Hawthorn on 8 September 2007 in the elimination final became his 300th goal in senior AFL football.
Welsh and his partner Nikki Higgins had their first child, Tyler Shane Welsh on 15 August 2006. Two years later, on 31 August 2008, Tyler became a big brother to Sonny Luke Welsh.
On 13 November 2007, Welsh, frustrated after Adelaide would only offer him a one-year contract due to their age policy but more so his numerous disciplinary breaches, quit the Crows and was placed in the pre-season draft.
Welsh was drafted to the Western Bulldogs on 11 December 2007, who used their pick number 4 in the Pre-Season Draft to claim him. Ironically, the Western Bulldogs played Adelaide in the first round of the 2008 season, with Welsh contributing in a big way to a Bulldogs win.
Welsh announced his retirement at the end of the 2009 season after missing out on the Grand Final with the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were knocked out in the preliminary finals in two consecutive seasons and he had played in five losing preliminary finals after winning a premiership in 1999.
Post AFL Welsh had a stint at the Encounter Bay Football Club notably leading the goal kicking in 2013 in a premiership year for the Bays.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Scott Welsh's playing statistics from AFL Tables