Pride giving Bon new leading role
WITH the name Bon Scott, Western Pride's number one goalkeeper has learnt to laugh off any AC/DC musical jibes that come his way.
He's taken a different leading role as a promising footballer.
However, after playing the first 11 matches of his debut National Premier Leagues senior season, Scott suffered some untimely fortune. He fractured the ring finger on his right hand at training.
After missing the past two games, he has another weekend to recover with tonight's scheduled match against Palm Beach being postponed due to an FFA Cup competition match.
Scott, 17, welcomed the chance to rest his strapped up finger before making his NPL comeback.
"It's getting a lot better,'' the English-born, Aussie-bred player said.
"I copped one on the finger. I just dislocated it and I fractured it in an awkward place along the joint.
"Hopefully I'll be back for next week's game.''
Being a goalkeeper, Scott (pictured) is used to hand injuries.
"I've broken a majority of my fingers,'' he said, having grown up on the Sunshine Coast before moving to Brisbane.
He also damaged his wrist before representing Queensland at the under-14 national titles.
However, that hasn't stopped him pursuing his dream of one day playing in the A-League.
"It's been a really good learning experience,'' he said of his first year with Pride.
"I was really happy with how I started the season.''
That came after he spent a lot of time on the bench in previous NPL seasons with the QAS and Roar Youth teams.
Until his training mishap, Scott had played in all Pride's games, proving a competent last line of defence.
Pride were in the top six until the last fortnight.
"I'm really really enjoying it at the moment. It's good to get regular game time,'' he said, about to turn 18 next month.
"I thought we'd done really really well this year.
"I think we will finish the season very strongly as our fitness levels are pretty good at the moment.
"Everyone is looking pretty sharp on the training paddock.''
Scott's only bad memory on the field this season was when Roar won 12-0 after Pride had two players controversially sent off.
"That was one of the worst days of my life,'' Scott said, having made state teams since he was 12.
However, the QUT student has thrived on his opportunity.
"What we've done this year has been exceptional with a young side,'' he said, studying a Bachelor of Property Economics.
"We're only going to keep improving over the next couple of years.''
Scott has appreciated specialist goalkeeping assistance from Pride's experienced coach John Garside, under the watchful eye of former A-League player Karl Dodd.
"They are both really really professional,'' Scott said, doing extra gym work in addition to the team's training three nights a week.
"I should be back for the next couple of weeks and hopefully just kick on where I left off.''